>>7338484 Honestly pkd just seemed to me to be jerking off to a drug methos and selling it to edgelords. But I've only seen a scanner darkly and read the first three chapters of valis. I just got the impression that he had a completely idealized view of the grungy druggy underbelly of society and really wanted to milk the shit out of it.
>>7338521 What you did is: You quickly went and looked what it was about, since the gnosticism isn't even mentioned that early in the book (which is highly critical and deluded wit the drug culture you claim it fantasizes about).
One of the motifs (not only in VALIS, but in a lot of PKD) is that for a time and place in US history, you were into one drug or another, and that pretty much dug everyone's cave even deeper than everyone expected.
>>7338534 >>7338534 Ive had this conversation before and been told what I missed in valis. And I have a basic understanding of some of the more prominent ideological themes in history and how they appear in fiction. Thanks. Project harder. You're the edgelord i'm talking about buying that nonsense. The fact of the matter is that his books read like "drugsdrugsedgesbrooding I'veseensomuchsodarkdrugsdrugs oh by the way we're all one consciousness and jung is cool."
>>7338546 I see, even though a lot of people already pointed out you're missing chunks of the book, YOU, the PROPERLY TRAINED READER, cannot be wrong, since you, A TRUE SANE AND SOBER GENTLEMAN, doesn't need those DRUGGIES telling you about their awful DRUGS
>>7338553 You're misunderstanding. My problem here isn't drug use. I just know how to recognise when someone has actually dealt with tweakers and junkies regularly, and when someone would really like you to think that.
>>7338555 But is a well documented fact that at some time, PKD's house was full on squat.
Also, most of the shit on VALIS is auto-biographical, with very few changes in shit like people's names or dates, but just go and read any of his biographies, they all mention he used to run around with these people (tweakers hardly, since meth wasn't a thing, and I doubt his crowd included that many junkies, mostly old hippies who fell in the anti-depressant wave of the 70s).
Sorry if I sound mad, but the problem is, you're missing one of the truly great sci-fi works because you wanna keep your street cred (who isn't even that important, here or anywhere) up
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