Friday, November 27, 2009
Recommended Reading Material
Apologies for the paucity of posts recently. The grading flurry has begun as I try to return essays before the end of the semester, but I'll bet you're sick of my excuses. I have been sneaking some time to reread Martian Time-Slip and am enjoying it immensely. Don't know if I'll have time to delve into the novel as deeply as Maze of Death, but I will be blogging about it in the coming days.
I've been meaning to post a bit about Ludwig Binswanger, as my research has made it increasingly clear to me that his writings on existential psychology are essential if you ever want to get your head around the recurring notion of the 'Tomb World' in Dick's books. Here's an article on Binswanger that should help get the ball rolling. The problem with the essay of course is that it doesn't make it clear where Binswanger lays out these theories, and provides very little in the way of quotes from him.
I'll let Dick himself preface your reading with this snippet of conversation from Martian Time-Slip:
Wearily, Steiner said, "Fascinating. There's always something new, isn't there, in psychotherapy?"
"Yes," Dr. Glaub said, nodding. "Especially from the Swiss; they're ingenious in comprehending the world-views of disturbed persons, of encapsulated individuals cut off from ordinary means of communication, isolated--you know?"
"I know," Steiner said. (41).
I hope we can discuss the importance of the tomb world and Dick's use of the concept in the comments section.