Friday, 1 January 2010


Reading VALIS, and wondering what else is going on with that title, other than Dick's cheesy 'Vast Active Living Intelligence System' acronym. At the moment I'm torn between a subconscious cod-etymology breaking the term into 'va' (go!) and 'lis' (read!), which would be a way of highlighting the kinetically self-reflexive textuality of the concept, or else connect it to Valentinus (to whom the novel makes reference) ... 'Val IS'. Hmm.

1 comment:

goofy said...

Proto-Celtic *walos "ruler"