Valis - Study Guide Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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In 1964 a huge hit of LSD makes Fat think and speak in Latin and write phrases in the koine Greek of New Testament times, neither of which he knows. He also begins obsessing about God, churning out theories about God but taking no joy in God. Kevin suggests substituting drugs and Phil poetry, while Sherri talks concretely about the Soviet T-34 tank being God's instrument during World War II. Kevin's cynicism intensifies Fat's madness by making him combative. Fat writes about the derangement of the Ultimate Mind (God), which speaks through humans and infuses sorrow. When Fat reflects on the death of a primordial twin whom the Mind wishes not to forget, Phil sees a reference to Fat's grief over Gloria.

God, not the viewer, controls theophanies, which resemble hallucinations. Fat could know Greek only through phylogenic memory. A true god hides most of the time and...

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