The Good, the Bad, and the Stigmatized

It looks like the Library of America is going to have a second volume of Philip K. Dick novels edited by Jonathan Lethem. It seems like it was only last Fall I was blogging about the first volume, and it was. They must have gotten great sales from that first volume–makes a great stocking stuffer in the holidays, no doubt.

PKD is the perfect writer for that institution to memorialize in this post-postmodern minute. I am not knocking the process or the result in any way shape or form. But I do have to wonder if PKD, in his most prolonged vacations from reality, foresaw anything like the Nachleben he has been afterliving: a Hollywood big-shot on the one hand, spawning movie after movie, and on the other hand a canonized establishment author, his pulpy paranoid operas (paranoperas?) entombed in those beribboned black permabooks. Not even he could have made this stuff up.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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2 Responses to The Good, the Bad, and the Stigmatized

  1. davidcapeguy says:

    I would guess that some of the Library of America “Old Guard,” if there is such a thing, just hates the presence of Dick, HPL, Raymond Chandler, Hammett, and others abasing the sacred premises. My fondest wish would be to see their reaction if Modern Library someday did a volume of REH’s best Conan stories. It’s amusing enough to watch Tolkien fanatics froth whenever I mention Howard in the same breath as JRR; I think the Serious Literature crowd would die on the spot, committing sepuku with a slim volume of English verse.

    • JE says:

      It would be great if they (LoA) would do some collections of genre fiction like they’ve done of noir. But I think it will take a while before a volume of outright fantasy appears among the big black monoliths. Although if they started with someone literary like Cabell… hmmm…

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