Grant

Last week I received a grant from Wright State University-Lake Campus to fund the operations of Anti-Oedipus Press in 2017. Details are available on the AOP blog.

Primacy at Rutgers

Recently I discovered that my play Primacy will be directed by a senior theatre major at Rutgers University-Camden. The show will run for four performances in early December. It is part of RUC's annual Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival.

Primacy appears in my collectoin of dramas Three Plays, which was published earlier this year by Black Scat Books. Read it online in Issue 58 of The Cafe Irreal.

Divine Madness

My latest review for Los Angeles Review of Books is on Kyle Arnold's The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick. I hate writing bad reviews, but this book got under my skin, although I think PKD fans and scholars will like parts of it. Here's my verdict:

"The book seems to have little reason for being beyond capitalizing on the growing popularity of PKD’s life and works. It is not a moral treatise on the dangers of drug abuse. Arnold doesn’t offer any new material that Lawrence Sutin, Paul Williams, and Emmanuel Carrère haven’t already delivered in better formats from more compelling angles. His final deduction—that 2-3-74 and The Exegesis stemmed from PKD having “a spiritual opening that resulted in a powerful yet temporary transcendence of his problems in living,” rather than a schizoaffective hallucination—doesn’t merit a book-length exegesis. Rather than illuminate anything novel or interesting about PKD, The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick reveals, instead, Arnold’s own shortcomings as a critic and analyst."

Read the full review here.