This blog is a one year Philip K. Dick re-read project. It will be broken up into three parts. Part one will be the short stories. For each story I will provide background, a plot summary, and a thematic analysis. Part two will consist of the novels. For this, I will write a series of essays each with a different thematic focus. There will be between 3 and 6 essays for each novel depending on the novel’s significance in Dick’s work and its themes. One essay will always include a plot summary and character introduction. The third part, which be a reading of Philip K. Dick’s “Exegesis.” Each essay will also include a “Resources” section that will lead readers to similar or divergent points of view on each story, or materials that help inform our understanding of the work.
I am always interested in expanding the analysis and resource sections of these stories. If you know of any news articles, competing analyses, or interesting tidbits that can inform the story, let me know and I will include it. If anyone would like to write an essay on a story or a theme in a novel, let me know.