Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

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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 euals 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 aliveThe fact that Jason is special is no accident Leading pundits and politicians in Washington DC 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 subseuent emergency surgery Jason wakes up in a dilapidated LA hotel room Jason uickly 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 LA in an attempt to reclaim even a scrap of his past as he is forced to deal with a parade of uirky people oddball thingamajigs murky uagmires and impossible dilemmas To list severalPols 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 uality 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 US; 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 devicesRuth 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 uestion Flow My Tears the Policeman Said depicts a nightmarish futuristic United States police stateAmerican author Philip K Dick 1928 1982 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 falseSet 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 “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 resonanceThis 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 betterThis 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 warpingDick’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 uestion 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 bookThis is the cover of my paperback edition from the 80s featuring an actual crying policeman; but otherwise has nothing to do with the plot If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewThe 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 deploreLight doth but shame disclose Never may my woes be relievedSince 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 dwellLearn 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 ie 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 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 entirelyThe 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 sisterThe 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 ratJason 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 unmournedAnd 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 soonerAnd 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 “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 problemWhat 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 uestionsThe 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 – uestioning 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 editorsHe 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 itThis 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 uestion 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 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 elouently 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 ishttpalittleteaalittlechatwordpres This is my third PKD book and I enjoyed it I appreciate how his books are extremely uniue and original This story was like the others simple clearly written and to the point His writing style stays away from over embellishing and over the top verbiage; his stories are always very direct This story gives us a look into a police state identity senses of control or loss of control and other details associated with a authoritarian society born out of a Second Civil WarThe key to reading PKD is understanding his stories are mere snapshots during a fictional timeline The story really does not have a beginning or an end; the story exists for a segment of time involving the characters during this focal point and lastly the writing gives you space to fill in the blanks with your own imaginationI enjoyed this one and would recommend Ubik as a stronger book in my opinion Thanks Probably 35 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 45 but the last uintile 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 DAW Collectors #146Cover Artists Hans Ulrich Osterwalder Ute OsterwalderName Dick Philip Kindred Birthplace Chicago Illinois USA 116 December 1928 02 March 1982 Alternate Names Mark Van Dyke Chipdip K Kill Richard PhillippsFlow My Tears the Policeman Said was published in 1974 the same year Philip K Dick had his famous 'revelation' that led to his extremely different later works such as VALIS Presumably this book was completed before that revelation It stands as perhaps the last of what might be considered his middle period If we call the 'early period' This book begins the 'middle period' maybe along with his Hugo winner The Man in the High Castle 1962 this book is uite characteristic of that body of work though to my mind it ranks below the peak of his oeuvre Jason Taverner is a successful pop singer in the Frank Sinatra mode than in any plausible 70s mode and also the host of a very successful TV variety show He lives in the US in 1988 in a future where almost all black people have either been killed or sterilized There are flying cars but otherwise the milieu is somewhat seedy and not too different from our real 1974 He believes himself to be a six one of a group of genetically enhanced individualsThen one day Jason Taverner is erased from existence