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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Philip K. Dick Radio/TV Program

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Philip K. Dick

Nobody blurred the line between his life and his literature more than the legendary science-fiction author, Philip K. Dick. And that’s only fitting since one of the major themes of his fiction is, “What is reality?” This week we take a look at the life and work of the man who’s been described as “one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the twentieth century,” as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.
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In this hour, literary critic Umberto Rossi talks to Anne Strainchamps about how Philip K. Dick explores the question of "What is reality?" throughout his novels. Rossi is the author of The Twisted Worlds of Philip K. Dick: A Reading of Twenty Ontologically Uncertain Novels.

Next, Anne Dick, Philip K. Dick's third wife, talks to Steve Paulson about their relationship. Anne Dick is the author of The Search for Philip K. Dick.

Then, novelist Jonathan Lethem talks to Jim Fleming about the work of Philip K. Dick. Dick is one of Lethem's literary heroes. Lethem is the editor of the Library of America's three-volume set, The Philip K. Dick Collection. Lethem also reads an excerpt from his essay about Dick, "Crazy Friend."

After that, Philip K. Dick scholar David Gill talks about Hollywood's adaptations of Philip K. Dick's novels and short stories. Gill's Dick-related website is Total Dick-Head.

And finally, Jonathan Lethem talks to Steve Paulson about The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, the project Dick obsessed over during the last eight years of his life as he tried to come to terms with a series of strange visionary experiences. Lethem is the co-editor, along with Pamela Jackson, of The Exegesis. [Broadcast Date: March 7, 2012]

Listen to The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.

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