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Philip K. Dick – Mental Health And God   4 comments

The standard rap on P.K. Dick can be read here. If you are of a certain age you read Dick in short story form in pulp SF magazines like “Amazing Stories” and most importantly the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (1968) and the now lesser known  novel “The Man in the High Castle” (1962).

The official PK Dick Site can be found here. A very good  UNOFFICIAL site can be found here.  Several films have tried with different degrees of success to move Dick’s work to the silver screen. Ridley Scott  took on “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and got the art and the feeling right (if not the story line) in the classic American SF film Blade Runner 

Seven wives and repeated brushes with alcohol and methamphetamine abuse were ghosts which haunted his life and writing.  According to the official web site:  In February and March 1974, Dick experienced a series of visions and auditions including an information-rich “pink light” beam that transmitted directly into his consciousness.
This experience was documented by R. Crumb in the 1986 Comix: Weirdo No. 17 .
A packaged PDF version here in this blog post.  Dick died in 1982…or did he?

RIP, PKD.

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Bardo Thodol In Nineteen Simple Steps   5 comments

Now here is a jewel and mystery.

I found  Thomas Scoville’s amazing comic book version of the Bardo Thodol around Christmas session 2009.

It was available under this link: http://thomasscoville.com/ (this link is dead)

I was ready to leave the office so I did a quick, and not very successful,  color print of these 19 pages and saved the link.

Over Christmas break I read and re-read this version of the Tibetan Book Of The Dead.

I was without internet over the break (don’t ask) and lo Scoville’s link to these beautiful images was dead.

But the link remains as of January 31, 2010 dead.

Web searches turn up three additional sites where these images can be found.

A more academic approach to the Bardo Thodol can be found using the classic and ubiquitous

Evans-Wentz Edition of the Tibetan Book of the Dead (with a GREAT introductory essay by Jung)

(Amazon has used copies for for $0.76).

Many other sites exist on the web to popularize and discuss the Tibetan Book of the Dead,

here is one example.

And now a special bonus for those who have read all the way to the end of this post:

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he Complete Thomas Scoville  Bardo Thodol in full color PDF format.

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