07 July 2006

plastictown, usa

I never knew that science fiction author Philip K. Dick lived and died in Orange County. He named my fair county Plastictown, USA and spent much time in the city of Fullerton:

Though Dick was a lifelong Bay Area resident—who’d done drugs, quit
paying taxes during Vietnam and even dropped out of college because he
refused to participate in the then-mandatory ROTC program—he eventually
found a happy ending he may never have expected in the corridor cities
between Disneyland and Nixon’s birthplace. Writer and journalist Paul
Williams was one of Dick’s close friends, even inheriting custody of
his literary works after he died. "It’s fair to say," Williams says,
"that if he hadn’t had these experiences, he would have needed to
create them."

His experience in the OC inspired the novel A Scanner Darkly, which is now a feature film about life in the OC suburbs. The film, whose animation style closely resembles Waking Life, looks interesting.

God bless Orange County, muse to sci-fi visionaries and home to master-privatizer technocrats. Makes me proud to be a native son of plastictown (sort of).


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