Philip K. Dick ~ I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon

just finished reading another collection of Philip K. Dick short stories, I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon, compiled by a former executor of the PKD estate, and certainly the most sympathetic of his advocates, Paul Williams, who wrote the exemplary piece on PKD for Rolling Stone. much darker than The Golden Man collection, and more …

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Beethoven ~ ‘Waldstein’ Sonata, 1st mvt. on a ~1815 Anton Martin Thym fortepiano @ National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD_2013.09.15

From the Top did a live taping to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD this past Sunday. The kids played a Gamelan orchestra together, our young guitarist got to sample some of Gibson’s earliest guitars, and I got to play on two beautiful fortepianos, one Schantz reproduction, for a …

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Philip K. Dick ~ Clans of the Alphane Moon

just finished reading Philip K. Dick’s novel Clans of the Alphane Moon. the lunatics have taken over the asylum; actually a rock in the Alpha system has been abandoned, the inhabitants all certifiable psychotics, left to fend for themselves and become a viable community. the satellite becomes a chit in an intergalactic supremacy battle, each …

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Philip K. Dick ~ Game Players of Titan

just finished reading Philip K. Dick’s novel of irreality and the ultimate bluff: interplanetary gamesmanship, stakes unknown. one of the most dizzying of PKD’s denouements PKD is the best.

Philip K. Dick ~ Confessions of a Crap Artist

just finished reading one of Philip K. Dick’s rare non-sci-fi novels, Confessions of a Crap Artist. a domestic drama of a crackpot family and their friends in 50’s Marin, told by a quartet of narrators (a device more often used by the various contemporary overrated New Yorker fiction writers, but here used much more deftly …

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Philip K. Dick ~ Vulcan’s Hammer

just finished reading Philip K. Dick’s novel Vulcan’s Hammer, and early action/sci-fi book about the early version of Skynet, contemporaneous struggles by the oppressed hopefully successful without the need for Arnold Schwartzenegger. a really great thrill-ride PKD is the best.

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