E34: A Scanner Darkly, Pt. 3 “The Party Did Not Sing”

This is episode 3 of 3 on A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. In this episode, we look at the fractured world presented in the story. The police go into murky activities to catch the bad guys, the police become bad guys, bad guys turn on other bad guys, and yet the world has to keep spinning and the bad guys have to go to jail. With a world going this batty, can we make it?

E33: A Scanner Darkly, Pt. 2 “The Proles Sang”

This is episode 2 of 3 on A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. We go over the treatment of the individual in this novel. It is an amoral treatment of the drug user, neither affirming nor condemning the use of drugs, but it this novel rather starkly presents the consequences of drug use. Is it an ode to humanity and how far it has to fall before it is completely destroyed? Is it an elaborate DARE morality tale? Listen along and find out!

E32: A Scanner Darkly, Pt. 1 “The Birds Sang”

This is episode 1 of 3 on A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. We do a plot summary of a trippy, mind-bending book in which character perspective has to change because characters are losing their minds to drugs. Who is tougher: the police or the drug lords? Following episodes will be more in depth about the themes in the book.

E31: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Pt. 3 “Scores of Times, Anyway”

This is episode 3 of 3 on Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick. We look at the theme of love in the book. When love is not there, there is something to the effect of love scurvy: you don’t die, but funny things start to happen. Love breaks down boundaries, but now all boundaries. The police state upholds law and order, law and order can’t be broken, but can people develop the right sort of love with a police state in operation?