Mindblowing insights from the afterword to Philip K. Dick's epic Exegesis
On the reality-distortion induced by reading PKD's works: "PKD's fiction taps into shamanic powers to shape and bend consciouness and the realities that project from it."
For whom was PKD writing his posthumously-published 9,000-page Exegesis
? For those born to read it. [We
were, and we did
PKD wrote his Exegesis
in a state of ecstasy, literally "beside himself," and the Exegesis embodies
the Philip K. Dick who was beside the other one.
Is the Exegesis
a massive artifact from an unwritten novel that is trapping a character who lives on Mars? The afterword suggests that, like a 9,000-page shamanic song of the Upper Amazon, the Exegesis
needs to be performed
. "Singing it at about three minutes per page would take over four hundred hours, about ten weeks of a full-time job of the sort that a Philip K. Dick character might be trapped within, working at home from his Martian hovel, reading it aloud while the surveillance tapes whirred."