Saturday, April 24, 2010
"I Think I Am" Impressed
I just received an advance copy of Laurence Rickels's new tome of Dick scholarship I Think I Am Philip K Dick (due out next month), and, just glancing at it, I have to say it's pretty amazing. Rickels is probably the biggest name in academia to tackle Dick's irv (with perhaps the exception of Frederic Jameson who is a bigger name but who has never dedicated an entire book to Dick's work). Rickels's book is quite long (400+ pages) and examines all of PKD's major works (3 Stigmata, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? etc) but also has looks at PKD's less-recognized work (The Man Who Japed, Radio Free Albemuth, Lies, Inc.)...
Here is the table of contents for the book - click to enlarge (sorry my scanner is a dirty, little punk rocker)
I have only read a bit of the introduction and skimmed a bit here and there. The writing is dense and academic and will, I think, keep the audience of this book pretty limited to high-falutin' Dick thinkers like me and my readers. But, make no mistake, this is the book many of us have waited a long time for.
I have exchanged emails with Rickels who was kind enough to offer to do an interview with me for this blog in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned...
Pre-order your copy here: