Friday, April 16, 2010
Back in the Future
This week I taught PKD's 1980 short story "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" in my second-year literature course. The experience has reinvigorated my sense of purpose, and I've been thinking about some big changes I'd like to make to the blog. I've got the new kid, an additional class (due to a friend and mentor's grave illness), my band's playing out, and, subsequently, I can't keep up the Dick Head on a daily basis, and to be honest, for the next few months it will be difficult to post on a weekly basis.
As this site has become a great place for PKD fans to discuss the texts and media happenings, I've decided to invite a few readers and fellow Dick scholars to become contributors here. If you're interested in writing something or leading a discussion, please let me know. I'm thinking of remaking this blog more in the model of the Philip K Dick Society Newsletter with myself acting as the Paul Williams, editing and publishing work done by garage scholars and academics motivated by curiosity rather than currency. We've had great discussions about Palmer Eldritch, Maze of Death, Flow My Tears, and others. I'd like to feature more of these types of discussions, starting with "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" (also published as "Frozen Journey"). Get a hold of this story and I'll post some interesting discussion questions from my class in the next couple of days. Let's try to dig a bit deeper than this...