Now, I know a fair bit about R. Crumb and P. K. Dick, and I've enjoyed some of their work, but they are not my favorite cartoonist and author, respectively. Neither would be in the top ten, actually. Nonetheless, I found that the little illustrated interview offered some food for thought.
Much hay has been made of Dick's insanity during the later days of his life. The particular species of delusion discussed is usually the "talking satellites" cosmology of VALIS, rather than the explicitly Christian explanation in the Crumb comic, but something new struck me this time around. To wit:
Dick attempted suicide in 1976 not becuase his delusions drove him to it, but because the voices in his head stopped, and he couldn't bear the silence.
We could interpret this in the manner most pleasing to the gibbering gibbons, putting schizophrenia on a pedestal and frowning at our current culture, or we could read a darker lesson into it-- we might find that humoring the insane is potentially quite dangerous, not simply to our selves or to society, but to the insane themselves.
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