[NB] Philip K. Dick and Gbadu

Let’s make the needle really dance over this record. I’ve been doing some jumping around in time and space, and here I want to close the gap, bring us even closer to the present, but zig-zag a stitch between two superficially disparate blocks of recent time.

“More and more this binary computer model of Valis seems to be the correct one. ‘On’ is the linking of two parts which I saw: ‘on’ equals junction; ‘off’ equals disjunction or not inclusion in the vast assembly which I equate with Valis.”—The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (498-99)

I won’t repeat my issue with the computer model, but I find it terribly suggestive that this is the model Dick goes for when he tries to grasp the nature of Valis. Suggestive, too, that the I Ching will serve him well in his work.

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[NB] Esalen, George Leonard, Liberation, and Potential

Still slowly moving through Kripal’s Esalen. It isn’t a difficult read, but I find myself putting it down a lot to chew over this or that discussion. I’ll admit to finding Esalen itself less interesting than the cultural networks in which it partakes and I think that makes me a little grumpy about some of Kripal’s approach. The central place he gives Esalen strikes me as excessive–it isn’t just that Esalen takes center stage because it is the topic of the book, but it seems like Kripal really believes it is the central stage.

Anyway. That isn’t what I want to jot down here. I have finally gotten to the point where he gives George Leonard direct attention. Leonard plays a big role at Esalen but what really catches my attention is the role of events outside of Esalen play in shaping George Leonard. Leonard’s conception of a ‘human potential movement’ is so much deeper & broader than the Esalen material, and I want to just make a note of how.

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Esalen, California, and Speed

No, not that kind of speed. This isn’t a post about Burroughs. I’m thinking about a different sort of speed, the sort that plays a role in the thinking of Dumezil, of Deleuze and Guattari. The speed of thought, of the spirits that undergird them, of the match and mismatch of the two. Tempo, dancing, find your partner.

More than a little bit of this is about me, about how I found my tempo, but seeing that with a little more of the historical horizon in which that became possible. So, this is a bit of a messy hybrid of reading notebook and autobiography. Continue reading “Esalen, California, and Speed”