“The Exegesis is dizzying, bewildering, exhilarating, and more or less as strange as it sounds. But again, should you read it? It doesn’t contain the answers to all things; it doesn’t even contain the answer to what happened to Dick.
“Lethem suggests that the reader must simply ‘surrender’. I suspect he’s right – but that won’t work unless you’ve read at least 16 of Dick’s novels, plus his biography, and love metaphysics. At that point, The Exegesis will bring you extraordinarily close to his unique mind, with its mixture of doubt, wild invention, minuscule detail, grandiose theory and wry humour. Reality collapses and is then remade, over and over again – but what is real?
“Who cares? That’s part of the game.
“In short: if you want to know what it’s like to have your world dissolve, and then try to rebuild it while suffering mental invasions from God, Asklepios or whomever, you should read The Exegesis.”
-Daniel Kalder, Explaining Philip K Dick’s Exegesis
Seven people have already signed up for the 2016 Exegesis Read Along. I am getting more and more excited by the minute. We are going to read the mother fucking Exegesis!! With a support group! And more than a few people have suggested we accompany it with one PKD novel each month.
We’re really going down the rabbit hole, aren’t we?
For anyone interested in adding a few novels to their Exegesis read (or for anyone too terrified of The Exegesis to join that part of the read along), this is the thread for picking the books.
We’re going to have to read the VALIS trilogy (VALIS, The Divine Invasion, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer) and Radio Free Albemuth, as these are all fictional reworkings of the events that led to The Exegesis.
Radio Free Albemuth is one of my favorite PKD books; the VALIS trilogy are some of my least. There are twelve months in a year. What eight other PKD novels should we read? Do we look at the big names? (Do Androids Dream?, A Scanner Darkly, Man in the High Castle, Flow My Tears, that short story collection with Minority Report in it?) Do we go obscure? (Just don’t make me read The Ganymeade Takeover again, that book is fucking terrible.) WHAT DO WE READ?
I’ll collect suggestions here and then put together a book-a-month-schedule once everybody has put in their three dollars; two cents won’t buy you anything these days.