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  •  Could be worse. (5+ / 0-)
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    cfk, pico, Youffraita, ferg, RiveroftheWest

    You could be a Dickhead.  Or addicted to Dick.  

    Was watching Food Channel yesterday with my brother, one of the reality food competitions, and one contest judge said of a contestant's dish, "This is the worst thing I've EVER put in my mouth!" We had fun coming up with retorts to that.

    I most highly recommend Flow my Tears by Dick.  Also, Man in the High Castle (Hugo best novel winner) and Deus Irae (co-written with Zelazny).  

    I loved The Simulacra, and gave that one away a couple of times, although I don't think most people would put it amongst his best.  

    Thinking about this just now, it strikes me how much Philip K. Dick resembles the character Kilgore Trout, the (fictional) novelist often mentioned in Kurt Vonnegut's books.  Vonnegut described Trout as a writer of cheap pulp science fiction, not terribly well written, but with weird ideas.

    From Slaughterhouse Five: "“Jesus--if Kilgore Trout could only write!" Rosewater exclaimed. He had a point: Kilgore Trout's unpopularity was deserved. His prose was frightful. Only his ideas were good.”

    •  I've never read Dick (4+ / 0-)
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      cfk, MT Spaces, Mnemosyne, Dumbo

      but yeah, The Man in the High Castle is definitely considered one of his best by those who have actually read him.

      Wonderful:

      From Slaughterhouse Five: "“Jesus--if Kilgore Trout could only write!" Rosewater exclaimed. He had a point: Kilgore Trout's unpopularity was deserved. His prose was frightful. Only his ideas were good.”

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:48:03 PM PDT

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