Austin Daze interviews Richard Linklater about adapting Philip K. Dick’s ‘A Scanner Darkly’

Posted: November 5, 2015 in graffiti living, interview
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Paranoia plus a generation equals reality; equals the world you are living in.

It’s interesting in our cultural how fringe thinking; paranoid thinking; cynical-outsider-thinking has to be confronted by the mainstream a generation later. So much of it. And it’s just these cranks on the margins of our culture that are actually the seers of what is really going on. William Burroughs’s definition of a schizophrenic: someone who has just realized what is really going on.

It’s amazing how we sort of just get used to things. We just get worn down. A good example, I think, is airport security. The 19 guys who flew those airplanes were not citizens–they were not from this country. When you are going to have a “War on Terror”–if you wanted to target a profile–you wouldn’t pick domestic citizens at all. You would pick people from other countries. But their first impulse was to start strip-searching grandmothers just to kind of show control. It’s like, “They’re keeping us safe”. They’re not keeping us safe. They are just breaking us all down psychologically. Meanwhile all these shipping vessels are coming in unchecked. It’s really creepy and we are just sort of being conditioned to accept a lot of things.

I don’t have any one message. I think any time people can question authority–I don’t know. On one level you just want to tell a story and hope people like your characters and get invested in them and some of the plot intrigues of the characters. You hope they care something about them. But at the same time, it’s kind of your ultimate paranoid story where nothing is what you think it is. It’s the ultimate paranoid nightmare about yourself in relation to the people you think are friends and your own desires and how all of us are manipulated.

The Philip K. Dick in my head was approving what I was doing. It’s important to be delusional.

With writing, you have to be your own best friend. I’ve never had writer’s block or anything like that because there is always something to be working on.

Austin Daze interviews Richard Linklater about A SCANNER DARKLY


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