September 11th, 2003

Relaxing... a little

Got My Hands on Some Serious Dick

I find reading books by Philip K. Dick entertaining; particularly the backs of those books. Because where you would normally find the author's last name being bandied about like so much fried taffy, with grand references made to "Asimov" "Clarke" or maybe even "Heinlein" as if they were your best school chums, you don't. You can't do that with Dick.

For example, the sentence:
"More than anyone else in the field, Mr. Dick really puts you inside people's minds."
would not be the same without the "Mr." I'm willing to venture someone had to make an effort to make sure that was added. And indeed, when I first glanced at the quote from Kirkus Reviews, I thought that it referred to "Mr." Dick by name. But instead, it was rather tame:
"A useful acquisition for any serious SF library or collection."
I wholeheartedly believe that sentence would be better if it spoke directly of Philip K. Dick. After all, the volume is a useful acquisition to any serious Dick collection. Now imagine the same sentence said again, but by Jake Busey. And with Dick inserted where SF was.

I have run into two roadblocks on my serious webjournal campaign. One, I can't figure out how to hide the URL, two I can't quite grok (yes, I said grok, dammit) the update by e-mail script. Updating by e-mail is cr00shal g33kery, man. Especially since I can e-mail from my phone.

I may not be hamusutaa, but I try.
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