The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

December 16, 2011

December 16, 1928

Philip K, Dick (December 16, 1928 to March 2, 1982) was an American writer whose novels have devoted fans. His novels include VALIS, (1980) and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.(1982) among many others. The themes of  VALIS  have been described by one critic in a series of questions:

"is the force running the universe deranged?... to have put us in the black prison of self, with death and suffering inevitable. ...[And] what about my dead cat? [one character] envisages being at heaven's gate and pulling the dead cat from under his coat, and demanding an explanation. For Fat Kevin's cat is a symbol of everything in the universe he doesn't understant. The cat corpse refutes the goodness of god." 

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