northanger (northanger) wrote,

mis en abyme

been meaning to write a post about baalpeor (lord of the gap; Baal). however, this is great: Ubik as petit objet a.

Dick's novels, then, are a sustained meditation on the difference between reality and the Real. Reality is what is available to us as possible experience in any lifeworld. The Real, however, is what has to be in place so reality can function, the 'something else' that must be presupposed in order that we can experience anything at all. Yet this hyper-structure is not evident insofar as it undergirds or guarantees experience, but only where it fails to do so: in the gaps, fissures and ruptures in reality ... Ubik is both a gap in the reality structure (pointing to 'something else', a beyond, an alternative to shoddiness and seediness) but also a 'reality support' (that which literally 'keeps us going', keeps us wanting).

ubik came up re: half life & Black Mesa Research Facility.

The novel takes place in the American Confederation in 1992. The protagonist is Joe Chip, a debt-ridden technician for Glen Runciter's "prudence organization," which employs people with the ability to block certain psychic powers (for instance, an anti-telepath can prevent a telepath from reading a client's mind). {Ubik @ wikipedia}

talking about telepathy, Objet petit a & gap theory.


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