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Divine Invasions by Lawrence Sutin
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Sep 21, 08

Recommended for: Everyone, period.

Imagine the difficulty author Sutin must have had.

He had to summarize all of Dick's major works, which he did astonishingly well. Then he had to describe Dick's writing techniques, which he showed us better than anyone has ever done before or since. He also had to re-assemble the guy's whole life from interviews with drug-addled near-transients hobos, ex-wives who hated him....etc. And finally he had to describe the strange and singular phenomenon of Dick's professed experience of living two completely different lives simultaneously. Wow. This is an impressive work, and one they should require to be read by every college student studying fiction, journalism, or history.

I simply cannot say enough about this book. You read it and you wish you could have met Dick and made his frustrated life a little easier somehow.

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