Friday, September 14, 2012
Specious Species No. 5, edited by Joe Donahoe, reviewed by BL Kennedy
Edited and Published by Joe Donahoe
San Francisco, CA
I’ve always been of town minds of Northern California local hero Phillip K. Dick. Was he a visionary of a crackpot? Was he a genius or merely a highly functioning psychotic who was able to convince a legion of fans that he was on to something? This spring I ended up teaching a five-week seminar t the Noisbridge Hacker Collective on Phillip K. Dick for the Free University of San Francisco. This was in response to Alan Kaufman’s suggestion that I teach a class, despite my own reservations concerning my qualifications to do so. I did a Facebook survey as to what Bay Area author, a field I have some limited knowledge in, did people want to hear about. The result was unanimous: Phillip K. Dick. SO I went ahead and put together a syllabus for the pataphysical auteur the French regard as the greatest American author of his generation.
This is issue number five of Specious Species, a magazine that is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after in the field of small press publications. Editor and publisher Joe Donahue has brought into being an intense contribution to twenty first century American literature (well, at least in San Francisco). Issue number five is the best to date, featuring such writers as Alan Kaufman, Brett Easton Ellis, worldwide acclaimed musical act and performance group The Residents. Plus, I must add, a remarkable article on the works of Berkeley writer Philip K. Dick, author of such novels as Valis and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. This issue of Specious Species has found a permanent home in my backpack, because I just keep reading and rereading sections of it. So I highly recommend that you get off your ass and secure yourself a copy. And for those of you who happen to live in the Sacramento area; you’ll be able to engage with Joe Donahue, for he will give a feature reading at Luna’s Café in September.