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    Flow My Tears, the Reality denied comes back to haunt Philip K Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Written in 1974 and set in the near future at that time of 1988, Philip K Dick s haunting dystopian novel addresses a range of existential, social and political themes identity and loss of identity, celebrity and ordinariness, subjective perceptions and objective realities, state sponsored mind control and drug induced mind bending, genetic engineering and emotional networking Never a dull moment as we enter a world where every action counts and all decisions are a matter of life and death Chapter One provides the framework It s Tuesday night at eight o clock Along with thirty million other viewers, we re tuned into The Jason Taverner Show, featuring none other than Jason Taverner, a David Letterman type TV host and pop singer And Jason loves everything about his role as singer and entertainer, most especially his fans To him they were the lifeblood of his public existence And to him his public existence, his role as worldwide entertainer, was existence itself, period Jason is the perfect choice as main character for this PKD novel exploring individuality since, for Jason, personal identity equals public identity He s a celebrity he s his own best fan he s in love with himself and envisions all of life revolving around his status as celebrity to be Jason Taverner, to be a star, the ultimate in being alive.The fact that Jason is special is no accident Leading pundits and politicians in Washington D.C decided forty five years ago to experiment with genetic engineering, producing a batch of sixes, that is, individuals with tremendous magnetism, physical beauty, charm and especially CHARISMA as well as superior memory and concentration Jason is a product of such eugenics he s a forty two year old six He is so exceptional, so extraordinary, so superior, Jason thinks the way things are will never change he will be forever young, charismatic and beautiful Forever Jason Taverner But then it happens after suffering a violent attack and subsequent emergency surgery, Jason wakes up in a dilapidated L.A hotel room Jason quickly discovers, other than wearing his custom tailored silk suit and carrying a huge wad of money in his pocket, he is completely stripped of his identity along with his personal identification cards Nobody but nobody, not even his agent, his lawyer or his girlfriend knows a Jason Taverner Oh, no He s in a nasty parallel universe, a man without any way or means of identifying himself From this point forward, we follow Jason s odyssey through seedy and posh L.A in an attempt to reclaim even a scrap of his past as he is forced to deal with a parade of quirky people, oddball thingamajigs, murky quagmires and impossible dilemmas To list several Pols and Nats Short for Police and National Guard There are pol and nat road blocks and check points at nearly every traffic intersection And these fully armed folks can be mighty cruel after he breaks into an apartment to harass a man he labels a sexual pervert, one Jesus freak pol shares his Bible inspired wisdom All flesh is like grass Like low grade roachweed most likely Unto us a child is born, unto us a hit is given The crooked shall be made straight and the straight loaded Fundamentalist religion linked to drugs provides a powerful kick Forced Labor Camps Many are the men and women, including thousands of students, sent off to forced labor camps One prime reason no legitimate ID Jason needs some good quality false ID fast or he will be picked up and sent off to one such camp as far away as the Moon or Mars to spend his waking hours breaking rocks with a pickaxe What a plight for Jason Taverner, the rich, famous celebrity Subsurface Students In this tightly controlled police state, pols and nats surround college campuses to keep students below ground where they belong Also, to prevent those potential troublemakers from creeping across to society like so many black rats swarming out of a leaky ship The late 60s the heyday of campus unrest in the U.S not to be repeated in this police state Eddie the hotel clerk In his new parallel world, the first person Jason meets is Eddie, who is not only a clerk and accomplished mind reader, but also, as Jason eventually learns, a police fink PKD had his own personal issues with paranoia and he gives Jason many reasons to become paranoid As they say, even paranoids have enemies Kathy A teenage ID forger who tells Jason the pols and nats are looking at him as part of a conspiracy Even reason for paranoia Jason feels the absurdity of being bound by such an ordinary person since, after all, he is a six, someone truly special Phone Grid Transex Network PKD foresees internet sex But in his futuristic world the sex network is many times powerful and potentially destructive If you overdo it, your body will turn flaccid and you will burn out your brains The pols don t like this phone sex network they actually shot its former sponsors Bill and Carol and Fred and Jill A police state that doesn t mess around Sterilization Bill Government sponsored sterilization of blacks Recall PKD wrote this novel when the 1968 race riots where fresh in his memory In this futuristic world, it is only a matter of time, sooner rather than later, when there will be no black in the US Race problems solved Cheerful Charlie Computerized game person who gives advice Not that far removed from kids continually playing and interacting with computer games on their handheld devices.Ruth Ray Attractive, sensitive lady who shares her philosophy of love and grief with Jason Grief is the final outcome of love because it is love lost In his smugness of being a six, Jason has difficulty relating with such sentiment since the only real love he appreciates and understands is self love Ah, self love, the love that never dies, especially if one is a celebrity And most especially if one is Jason Taverner Hail to the Chief The ultimate dystopian novel One apartment has a wall to wall carpet depicting Richard M Nixon s final ascent into heaven amid joyous singing above and wails of misery below The wails of misery here on earth every PKD fan can picture with ease Drugs, Drugs, Drugs, Who in this futuristic country could ever live a day without drugs Alys Buckman, sister of Police General Felix Buckman, treats Jason to some mescaline There s also the mysterious new experimental drug, KR 3, with its mind warping effects, giving new, expanded meaning to having a bad trip Microtransmitters Nearly invisible dots placed on pol and nat suspects to track their every movement PKD wrote Flow My Tears during the time of Watergate The author also anticipates the many advanced technological forms of surveillance Police General Felix Buckman fuming over two of his rivals among the police higher ups They had, five years ago, slaughtered over ten thousand students at the Stanford Campus, a final bloody and needless atrocity of that atrocity of atrocities, the Second Civil War No question, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said depicts a nightmarish futuristic United States police state.American author Philip K Dick 1928 1982

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    Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is one of Philip K Dick s best Yet unlike many main characters from PKD s books, protagonist Jason Taverner is not a misunderstood, delusional recluse, but rather a world famous, genetically superior celebrity Supporting protagonist Felix Buckman is a police general with only a handful of individuals powerful PKD uses these worldly heroes to illustrate the transience and frailty of what people understand as important Taverner spends a couple of days where no one knows or even recognizes him Buckman is made to encounter a reality where he is far from in control, and where the whole basis of his power, of the world s power structure is shown to be ephemeral and false.Set in a dystopian future where the United States is ruled by a police state after a second civil war, and where students are hunted down and interred in forced labor camps, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said brings together many mainstay themes of PKD s work This one is over the top than most, and this is where Dick is at his best.

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    Love isn t just wanting another person the way you want to own an object you see in a store That s just desire You want to have it around, take it home and set it up somewhere in the apartment like a lamp Love is she paused, reflecting like a father saving his children from a burning house, getting them out and dying himself When you love you cease to live for yourself you live for another person What This in a Philip K Dick novel This is an unusual PKD book, though you could argue that all PKD books are unusual so there is nothing unusual about one of his books being unusual What I mean is that the tone and style are different from the earlier PKD classics like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Ubik First published in 1974 after the aforementioned classic PKD novels, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said seems to be written during a transitional period in Dick s style Profanities are common place in the dialogs, something not present in Dick s works from the 60s I believe , and there is depth to the characters, compassion, and emotional resonance.This story is set in a dystopian 1988 USA a near future at the time of writing where the people live under a police state, anybody found at spot checks without proper documentation are liable to be summarily shipped off sent to labour camps students especially The novel s protagonist is Jason Taverner, a famous singer who has his own nightly TV show with viewership in the millions One day he wakes up in a rundown hotel and finds that nobody knows who he is, not even his closest friends and lover The how and why of his predicament is one of Dick s best story ideas, but the less I elaborate on that the better.This is one of my favorite PKD books, I would rate it alongside the aforementioned Ubik, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch as the best of his works certainly I would rate it far above his Hugo winner The Man in the High Castle of which I am not a fan The standout feature of Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is that it is emotional than most of his fiction There is a sadness and sympathy to it that I do not associate with his works That said PKD fans will be right at home with the usual Dickian trope of drug induced reality warping.Dick s prose is the usual utilitarian style he uses in most of his works, the dialog is often stilted as if the characters are all drug addled to some extent If this sounds like a criticism it really is not I like the way Dick writes, it is clear and effective for conveying the weirdness inherent in his stories As for the dialog, his characters tend to say the oddest things out of the blue, like Jason Taverner suddenly tells a woman she looks too old for her age for no apparent reason and getting whacked on the head as a result Dick s sense of humour is also wonderfully weird, such as the title of Taverner s latest hit being Nowhere Nuthin Fuck up , which he describes as a sentimental number His depiction of 1988, of course, bears little resemblance to that year in reality with personal flying vehicles and vinyl records still very much in use I hope this does not dissuade anybody from reading it however, I believe that it is not sci fi writers job to predict the future but to speculate and provide some food for thought Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is one of Dick s most underrated books As usual, he makes us question the reality we live in but this time he also makes us think about how we perceive ourselves and others and how our perception affects our social interactions and relationships An unexpectedly moving book._________________________This is the cover of my paperback edition from the 80s, featuring an actual crying policeman but otherwise, has nothing to do with the plot

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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.The Nature of Reality Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K DickFlow, my tears, fall from your springs Exiled forever, let me mourn Where night s black bird her sad infamy sings, There let me live forlorn Down vain lights, shine you no No nights are dark enough for thoseThat in despair their lost fortunes deplore.Light doth but shame disclose Never may my woes be relieved,Since pity is fled And tears and sighs and groans my weary daysOf all joys have deprived From the highest spire of contentmentMy fortune is thrown And fear and grief and pain for my desertsAre my hopes, since hope is gone Hark you shadows that in darkness dwell,Learn to contemn lightHappy, happy they that in hellFeel not the world s despite In Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said , taken from Flow My Tears by John Dowland This is one of the books that changed me in ways I m still trying to come to terms with, and I ve read it than 30 years ago At the time I lacked the tools to properly tackle this That s why I ve been wanting to re read it and analyse it in the light what I currently know I still remember the feeling I had the first time I read it back in the day Mind boggling to say the least 30 years later, can I define what reality is Doesn t reality belong to the subjective objectivity realm, i.e., isn t it the highest degree of objectivity possible for a human being Reality can only be a subjective objectivity as it falls back on whether I chose to accept it as the truth or deny it completely This means objective reality does exist, but I can only perceive it with my own perception filters I have to decide what is reality as best I can, and may choose to assert some prepositions even though everyone else denies it Copernicus comes to mind It s to my advantage to seek to make my perception filters as little distorting as possible, but I doubt I could ever achieve that completely, because I m the product of my own culture to start with, to say the least If you re into SF, read on.

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    St Paul said, If I have not love then I am jack shit or something like that Phillip K Dick, 1977 interviewJason Tavener, celebrity singer and television personality beloved by millions, wakes up one morning in a dingy hotel room to find that nobody has any idea who he is His agent has never heard of him his superstar girlfriend has never heard of him people in the street don t recognise him He has no ID and no papers which in a futuristic police state is a serious problem.What do you do where do you go How do you prove your identity And to the point, is Tavener suffering from some kind of hallucination or, even worse, could it be his memory of being famous that s the hallucination Flow My Tears is in some ways a very dated novel, especially in its sexual politics Yet I found it fascinating It pulls together a lot of the concerns that Dick has explored in previous books and, for the first time, starts to posit some answers as well as just asking questions.The new direction reflects the circumstances in which it was written Since the early Sixties, Dick s books had been picking away at the notion of what is real questioning the stability of history in The Man in the High Castle, of time in Martian Time Slip, of subjective experience in Ubik, of objective reality itself in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch These were books that he hammered out in a frenzy, skimmed through once to edit , and then mailed off second class to his editors.He started Flow My Tears the same way, in 1970, inspired by an experience with mescaline but then a series of personal disasters interceded His fourth wife left him, taking his baby daughter the bank foreclosed on his house and his amphetamine abuse peaked, leaving him racked with paranoia and bouncing between psychiatrists In a near suicidal panic, he mailed the manuscript of Flow to his lawyer for safekeeping It wasn t until a couple of years later, living with the woman who would eventually become wife number five, that he calmed down enough to get the work in progress back and attempt to finish it.This time, he rewrote extensively and revised the book multiple times It shows In contrast to the frantic, pulpy tone of his novels from the 60s a tone that is not without charm this feels far measured and controlled And for the first time, it has a real point Dick is finally answering the question he has posed so many times What is real The answer he suggests, like the hippy he is is love And he raises this by means of an astonishing, methodical exploration of love in all its forms parental, fraternal, sexual, marital, incestuous, jealous, social, altruistic, material All other sensations in the novel feed into it, even in its saddest moments as the characters make clear Grief is the most powerful emotion a man or child or animal can feel It s a good feeling In what fucking way he said harshly Grief causes you to leave yourself You step outside your narrow little pelt And you can t feel grief unless you ve had love before it grief is the final outcome of love, because it s love lost The novel closes with a dreamlike encounter between strangers in an all night gas station, and ends on the word loved It s far from a perfect book, but it s a pretty remarkable and unusual piece of work, and, in the context of Dick s career, a clear turning point.

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    You can criticise Dick all you like for being wrong about flying cars, or thinking the LP record was for ever note it isn t , but he is writing science fiction and, as Ray Bradbury points out far eloquently than will I, that is about ideas It isn t about sentence construction, plot or character development If you wanted to, it is easy enough to criticise this book on all these counts, but so what Why would you bother What matters is.http alittleteaalittlechat.wordpres

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    Grand Theft IdentityAn old fashioned Western dressed as sci fi Could be, but with a Dickian twist everyone loses, and no one gets the girl Or a murder mystery Only no one is murdered I tried my best all the way through to pick up the thread It eluded me entirely.The guy in the White Hat, Jason, is an intelligent, handsome, talented and popular musical celebrity He is also a narcissistic, misogynistic druggie who manipulates women to get where he thinks he should be He is fundamentally amoral and bred to be that way, despite his occasional flashes of empathy Jason is picked by the Black Hat, for reasons that really are not reasonable, to take the rap for the accidental death of Black Hat s sister.The Black Hat belongs to Felix, an authoritarian senior policeman who believes that anything justifies the maintenance of the established order He has an incestuous relationship with his sister, whose intolerance for orderliness he protects from scrutiny On the other hand, he is single handedly responsible for shutting down forced labour camps and protecting the lives of student demonstrators On the whole, despite his occasional flashes of conscience, he is a rat.Jason and Felix come into contact through a vague slippage between alternative universes, which temporarily erases Jason s identity It s not clear whether this is drug induced, a criminal conspiracy, or divine forgetfulness But the end result is that both end up or less where they started Jason is vindicated and has a marginally bigger audience Felix mourns his sister s death but gets on with his life of law enforcement Both retire after long and comfortable lives Then they die, apparently unmourned.And so I suppose there is a certain nihilism which appeals to those who are fed up with society in general or just with Westerns Reputation, either through celebrity or formal authority is a fleeting compensation for the battles we fight in life I can understand that But if that sentiment defines Dick s target audience, the story could have been improved by killing them all off sooner.And God alone knows what John Dowland s composition for lute has to do with any of it The whole thing has about as much literary merit as a computer game.

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    Probably 3.5 stars, but I tend towards grade inflation with authors I admire, so just to be safe I m rounding down on this one until I decide I want to round up in 3 years I liked the first 4 5, but the last quintile bugged a little It started brilliantly, but ended with a J Leno long explanation of the joke just told It was like towards the end PKD discounted his readers would get it, so he left simple instructions remove plastic before eating and tied the whole thing off neat with complementary happy ending Other than the explanatory ending and the relative happy ending for the narrator, the book was fascinating and at times brilliant.

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    That.GIF image perfectly captures the range of distinct reactions that Philip K Dick s Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said got out of me in the expanse of reading it in the last four days There was bafflement then disbelief then mild disgust and, finally, karmic relief Don t get me wrong, it s not a badly written book Of course fucking not, it s PHILIP K DICK His outstanding Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep will forever destroy me in this world and in another parallel existence because asdfghjklmalfunctionerror10101 Anyway, that being said, something along the way went wrong as I peruse through the two hundred and four pages of this novel I can t really pinpoint exactly where, but all I know is that I couldn t help but alternate between confusion and rage as I went on Originally, around eighty pages or so, I was going to rate it with four stars because, right from the get go, I was just enjoying the brisk, no nonesense yet highly engrossing pacing and linguistic style that Dick had incorporated in his storytelling the breadth of the entire narrative work felt so much lighter than Do Androids Dream, honestly, making it easy for me to keep up with every twist and turn as I follow the protagonist Jason Taverner, a government experimented Six which basically means a person with enhanced physical sexual appeal and whatever attractive aptitude there is He s a former musician turned celebrity talk show host and in a relationship with another icon named Heather Hart, also a Six After a confrontation with one of the women he duped and took advantage of, promising her a career in showbiz only to sleep with her a few times, he was left physically compromised and woke up in a dingy motel room with only a wad of cash on hand but with no trace of discernible legal records of proof of identity whatsoever It s as if he s been literally deduced to non existence.Set in a fictional futuristic world of 1988 in the United States where everything seems to be under the command of a rampant police state where laws and legislation are just plain FUCKED UP sexual legal consent is reduced to thirteen years of age African American lineage is sanctioned to die out , the premise and the mystery that this book are hitched on were promising and I really did eat it all up in the first two days of reading By the fourth day, however, as I stare blankly at the last page right after containing myself from convulsing in laughter , I realized it had to do with my unmistakable dislike for every goddamn character featured in the book with the exception of the police general Felix Buckman whom I was 50 50 with and the very brief insert of one Mary Anne Dominic who really should have been a major character as oppose to some flimsy extra in the background Other than those two, I cringe my nose at the rest, particularly in vile contempt for the overall way the female characters are portrayed, the greatest offenders of them all have to be the insecure, selfish and self entitled paranoid bitch Heather Hart, and the clinically insane sort of a sexual predator who is skilled in the art of emotional blackmail, Kathy Nelson The least offenders have to be Ruth Mae whose speech about love and grief was actually pretty philosophical too bad it came off completely dissonant to her general characterization , and the bisexual pansexual fetish driven drug addict Alys who had an incestuous affair with her twin brother and sired a son with him And YES she is less offensive than Hart and Nelson because at least Alys had a personality I did enjoy reading about while the other two were so emotionally flat and perceived only in how the main male character objectifies them They re placeholders that reflect his sexual frustration and inadequacy which make them rather one dimensional miserable fuckers Normally, I could overlook gender biased portrayals if they serve the story or a theme in the narrative However, it didn t feel like these poorly characterized female characters ever served a purpose except to interact with the male protagonist, Jason Taverner I don t have any kind of concern about his character since he took that mescaline drug I suppose I eagerly wanted to know what happened to him that he lost his identity and people don t remember him at all in spite of being a popular son of a bitch My interest in his welfare continued to decline the he showed what a pompous chauvinist he was although his very short interaction with Mary Anne Dominic rekindled some sympathy because that was the only sweet and humanizing moment for his character in this book.Then again, everyone in this book is miserable and not even in a compelling way that makes me sympathetic for them Whatever end they got Dick was kind enough to wrap up their fates nicely in his Epilog is something they than deserved, in my brutally honest opinion It s actually great that Dick didn t leave it to chance, or his readers imaginations, as to how these characters fates came to an end because I personally didn t form any sort of connection with them to ponder about what happened in their lives after the novel finished So thank Loki that Dick inquisitively wrapped it all up Phew.I love character driven stories I root for characters with problems and struggles that make me sympathetic to their plights characters who later on develop self awareness of their bad choices instead of just going through the motions of being victims forever None of the characters in this book ever grew or did anything that could have redeemed them, with the exception of Mary Anne who is so slight of a character that she only appeared in six or eight pages I did LOVE THE ENDING though Basically, the beautiful blue vase that was the product of love, commitment and talent that Mary Anne produced was able to be displayed in a museum while she had a career in ceramics how ironically bittersweet and awful was it that the shoe in extra gets a happy ending AND MORE OR LESS OUTLIVED EVERY MISERABLE FUCKER IN THIS BOOK That was poetic justice if nothing else.In any case, I will keep reading of Philip K Dick s books because THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE and I am looking forward to acquaint myself with his writing Overall, Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said just didn t work for me as a sum of its parts, especially when the parts are composed of characters that I perceived to be grimy, irresponsible disablers of human dignity and progress The mystery plot and the answer concerning Jason Taverner s sudden lack of identity was still a pretty thrilling read, though.RECOMMENDED 7 10DO READ MY REVIEWS AT

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    This is my fifth PKD book this year, and while I thought it was beautifully written in parts, and its depiction of a police state appropriately chilling, it lacked many of the reality bending twists and macabre humor of some of his best books, like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and UBIK.The main characters Jason Taverner and Felix Buckman were sufficiently troubled and complex to keep my interest, but the events of the middle portion of the book dragged a bit, although the ending does provide for some very moving passages that are presaged by the book s title Still, the revelations at the end don t generate the disorientation and horror that UBIK did, nor the dark humor and satire that infuses Androids I imagine that the pervasive use of drugs, forced labor camps, police checkpoints, and references to starving students living in underground warrens surrounded by barbed wire fences and police barricades were much relevant at the time of the book s publication in 1974, but it doesn t have as much shock value now Still, PKD gets deep into his characters minds and probes some uncomfortable places with empathy and insight, but this wasn t my favorite of his I m looking forward to reading A Scanner Darkly next, which I ve heard good things about.

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  • Paperback
  • 231 pages
  • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
  • Philip K. Dick
  • English
  • 02 August 2019
  • 9780679740667

About the Author: Philip K. Dick

Philip K Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Philip K.