I liked the article on something struck when I was reading the excerpt. The Exegesis consists of notes and writings that can range in length from a multi-page discussion to a tiny note on a scrap of paper. I was curious how the book captures this feeling if at all. I have flipped through it and noticed that it was organized into sections based on the folders Paul Williams put the writing into. That’s one thing that has always fascinated me about the Exegesis because it seems like it should be unpublishable due to it’s structure and I don’t think that Philip K. Dick ever intended to have it published. I believe he was using it like a journal but the book or notepad structure was not kept. I have found myself writing things out similarly to work through or think through issues I have had recently. My idea to do it came from his original work. And I won’t be trying to publish what I wrote in this manner.
I don’t want to dishonor anyone’s effort because I am glad it’s been published and the task must have been monumental to organize it so that it doesn’t seem like a bunch of writer’s notes strung together. Or another tack is to weave and edit all the text together so that it flows like one cohesive piece of writing. I hope this avenue wasn’t taken because I like the viewpoint that the ideas were explored and built up over time. From what I understand this is how the first publication from the Exegesis was organized. But I have heard that the compilers of the work intended to keep the integrity of the original writing intact. If anyone has picked up The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick and can help with these questions, please add a comment.