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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Erik Davis to teach 'Three Stigmata' course

Erik Davis has announced he will teach a course on Philip K. Dick's Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch starting Jan. 23.  a five-week course available in person in Berkeley, California, and also available online.

Full details here, but here are some relevant bits from the announcement: 

"The first evening will serve as an introduction to Dick, his personal and psychological trials, and the religious experiences and concerns that started to emerge around the time he wrote this wild, biting, and creepy novel. Subsequent nights will work through the book in 50-60 page increments per week (read the Vintage edition if you can). Topics will include: virtual reality, consumer psychedelics, Barbie dolls, space-faring billionaires, transhuman augmentation, global warming, Mars colonization, the Eucharist, the cosmic 'Outside' (H. P. Lovecraft and Olaf Stapledon), the Gnostic demiurge, the bardo, the nature of evil, the genre of horror, and the breakdown of consensus reality.

"We will make the lecture portion of the evenings available for online viewers, but I will continue my practice of not recording the Q&A portion of the evening, which I find creates a better vibe in the room, loosens me up, and rewards those who make the trek and pay the bucks."


Eric Wagner said...

I enjoyed that novel.

Doctor Richard Waterloo said...

I messaged Erik a few years back and he recommended that book as one of the most important books of our current era. I already signed up for Daisy's Understanding Story course, so I'm gonna hope he posts recordings of his TSoPE talks on youtube at some point. Would love to hear his take. His Dharmanaut talks have been excellent the past few months.

Jesse said...

That's the edition I read! (In your picture, I mean. I remember checking it out of the Chapel Hill Public Library, circa 1986.)

quackenbush said...

Am I the only one who finds Erik boringAF?

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

@quackenbush: I don't know all of his work, but I did enjoy "High Weirdness" and I've recommended it.

Doctor Richard Waterloo said...

@quackenbush: Not me. He's just my speed. I've only turned him off when he gets into the guided meditations of his Dharmanaut sessions. His points and takes are my jam. I ate up his podcast.