Philip K. Dick ~ Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

just finished reading Philip K. Dick’s Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, the first novel of PKD’s post-mescaline experimentation, and the last before a cycle of stays at mental hospitals (also the first of his novels to be extensively if desultorily-seemingly revised). the most comprehensively, intuitively, and crystal-clearly described alternate-reality novels, with vanity as prominent …

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Lucius Shepard ~ Floater

i know i always say this, but it’s true: every book i read by Lucius Shepard instantly becomes my absolute favorite. just finished his short novel, Floater, any description would be hopelessly pigeon-holing, despite its compelling elements of NYC cop story (basically underpinned by the real-life Amadou Diallo story), voudon (in-joke), and an alternate reality …

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Stravinsky ~ Petrouchka, l’histoire du Soldat, Apollo re-released digitally on Nonesuch

Very pleased to announce, just about in time for Igor Stravinsky’s birthday, the digital re-release (also available as lossless FLACs) of my album of Stravinsky arrangements: Trois mouvements de Petrouchka, three movements from l’histoire du soldat (mostly my arranging work) and my favorite Stravinsky work of all, Apollon musagete (a collaboquy of my arrangement work …

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Bruno Schultz ~ Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass

just finished reading the second slim volume of the published work of writer and artist, Bruno Schulz, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, a collection traversing the life of a family from infancy to infantile dotage, evanescing surreal in a language of lapidary minutiae. just what i love. no wonder another favorite of mine, …

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Philip K. Dick ~ Now Wait For Last Year

  just finished reading, in my Philip K. Dick binge incted by the new Library of America boxed set of the major arcana of PKD’s novels, Now Wait For Last Year, which takes place during an inter-system war one of whose weapons is a time-travel-enabling hallucinogenic with devastating addictive and debilitating effect, the importance of …

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Philip K. Dick ~ Dr. Bloodmoney

just finished reading Philip K. Dick’s Dr. Bloodmoney. a post-apocalyptic pastoral that could easily play on-stage, or as a chamber opera, or a radio play, so intrinsic is the human voice to the narrative, psychology and dramatic thrust. but you’d have to work in voices and spirits that live inside or can influence malefically at …

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