Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick was a friend of mine

I'm at a conference at San Francisco State all weekend and I'm surrounded by Dickheads.

By WILLIAM SARILL  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Total Recall

For a writer who has defined contemporary paranoia, Philip K. Dick hasn't had luck with the adaptations of his work.
Loud, humorless, and devoid of irony
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012

Preview: Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011

Why I am leaving Facebook

By the time you read this, I'll already be gone.
New beginnings
By DAN MACLEOD  |  December 31, 2010

Winter film preview: Freeze frames

So, it's time for Another Year , meaning not just 2011 but also the latest film from Happy-Go-Lucky director Mike Leigh, a traipse through four seasons in the lives of ordinary people, exploring their small joys and tragedies. Kind of like Blue Vale
The movies chill out to start the year
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 31, 2010

MIT Kinects with the Future

Here in the future, we don't just have park lights that run on dog poop; we're so advanced that cutting-edge technology occasionally shows up in the toy aisle at Wal-Mart.
Philip K. Dicking Around
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 17, 2010


Hello, Numan

Gary Numan has never been one for nostalgia.
A synth-pop legend reluctantly accepts his past
By MATT PARISH  |  October 22, 2010

Disco stew

I’ve never been to a disco band’s practice space, but I figured it would involve lots of velvet, mirrors, and other visions borrowed from the foggy-lens films they used to show at roller rinks. Was that naive of me?
Mystery Roar are more than just four-on-the-floor
By MATT PARISH  |  April 23, 2010

The Carols of Christmas

One can't just break out into Christmas carols, even in this warm and fuzzy season.
The song’s the thing in The Gift of the Magi
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2009

Rolling stoned

Every new gambit is just another log on the roaring bonfire of Jonathan Lethem's eighth novel.
Jonathan Lethem’s freewheeling Chronic City
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 06, 2009

Review: Surrogates

Some day in the future — or is it right now? — people will be replaced by surrogate robots, superhuman automatons who live out big-screen fantasies while their hosts, with their greasy hair and bad skin, sit back in wired-up La-Z-Boys.
Philip K. Dick-ian premise deserves better
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009


October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009

The plots thicken

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009

Review: Moon

Duncan Jones begins his first feature with an infomercial for "Lunar Industries, Ltd" that celebrates Lunar's solution to global warming: strip-mining the surface of the moon for "Helium 3," an isotope that can provide a limitless source of non-pollutin
Duncan Jones's debut is more alienation than Alien
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 19, 2009

The price is right

For a guy sometimes compared to Philip K. Dick, Alex Irvine took his time in getting around to writing about the future.
Alexander C. Irvine sees a Buyout in your future
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009

Novel idea: Twitter fiction

Inauspiciously, Tom Scharpling began his Twitter novel with a typo.
Post-modernism, post by 140-character post
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009


War correspondent

So here he goes again, the writer known as Paul Auster, starting yet another novel, this time with the words “I am alone in the dark.”
Paul Auster sheds light on Man in the Dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2008

Tricky Dick

The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2008

Almost Famous: Micah Salkind

"You can’t throw a stone here without hitting an artist."
Providence Black Repertory Company
By FRANK MULLIN  |  June 04, 2008

Bought and sold

So I’d like to declare that art about consumerism is one of the æsthetic trends of our young millennium.
Rampant consumerism and Iván Navarro at Tufts, ‘Some Sort of Uncertainty’ at Axiom
By GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2008

Dead white females

Can you remember the last time you curled up under the covers with Marcel Proust’s I n Search of Lost Time ?
From Fall Out Boy to One Night in Paris , modern pop culture is what it is today thanks to 10 long-expired ladies
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 08, 2007


Heat waves

“Summer joys are spoilt by use,” wrote John Keats, meaning the less you do between June and August, the better.
Summer reads to cool off with
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  June 28, 2007

Ice and fire

Burning Man began as a San Francisco pyromaniacs’ beach party in 1986.
Ice Cream’s cold contemporary art, Burning Man’s hot stuff
By GREG COOK  |  June 28, 2007

The man who knew too much

Around the age of 13, Philip K. Dick started having a recurring dream.
Philip K. Dick enters the Library of America
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2007

Sifting the trash heap

There’s an image in an old Warlock comic book by Jim Starlin that sums up a lot of the peculiar, shared pleasure of reading comics.
Things I love about the gold and the garbage in comics
By DOUGLAS WOLK  |  June 28, 2007

Smoking hot

In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007


Hell is other sequels

At first, At World’s End doesn’t seem to differ much from the world outside.
Pirates  3 offers buried treasures
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 23, 2007


If you know your Philip K. Dick, you know screen adaptations of his work are all over the map.
A pendantic thriller
By TOM MEEK  |  May 02, 2007

The future of an illusion

When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006

Unhappy accident

Don’t let the amicable interviews or the delighted dancing fool you. Thom Yorke is upset.
Thom Yorke’s unwitting masterpiece
By WILL SPITZ  |  July 12, 2006