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    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2008
    hmmm... guess we're not talking about Edgar Rice
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
    I LOVE Burroughs, but I can't handle the lengthy cut-ups-based works like Soft Machine or The Ticket That Exploded... His Naked Lunch, Junkie, Cities of the Red Night, and the like are a bit more linear and easier on the digestion. Man was a genius, way ahead of his time.
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
    One highlight of my youth was reading his monthly column in Crawdaddy magazine. I thought it was called "Time of the Assassins" maybe to poke fun at Miller.

    But now, someone reminded me that Phil Farmer once wrote a Tarzan novella emulating William S. instead of Ed.
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    "The Job" is probably my fave book by WSB. It is pretty heavily steeped in Scientology psychobabble, but that aside, it's still a fantastic read.

    Place of Dead Roads would be on my recommended reading list as well, if anyone cared ; )

    Brion Gysin's "The Process" is an incredible book in case you've never read it. Used to be hard to find but i'm pretty sure i saw a few copies on amazon last week. certainly worth the price!
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
    Currently reading Naked Lunch.

    well...trying to, at least.
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
    I read Naked Lunch a couple of years ago. It was fascinating and disgusting and bizarrely funny. I think I need to re-read it, though, because I think by the time I'd adjusted to the way it was written, I was half-way through the it. Unfortunately, I loaned it out a year ago to someone I haven't seen much of lately. Junky is one of those books that I constantly mean to buy, and somehow keep failing to.
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
    I prefer <em>Junky</em>, but that may just be nostalgia.
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    Generally I find his interviews more rewarding than his prose. He was extremely intelligent with wide interests. The results of his experimentation (the what) were less interesting than the process and reasoning (the why) behind them. So yeah, I'd recommend The Job, or the Collected Interviews. Electronic Revolution remains a fascinating document. Of the novels, I prefer the later trilogy (Western Lands, etc), when he has reined in the experimentalism.

    Slightly tangentially, Here To Go by Brion Gysin is really superb, and a lot more open about the magical side of their work; and The Process, too, is extraordinary. Anyone with a serious hard on for Burroughs should certainly check out Gysin.
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    I'm just the right age to have read Naked Lunch as a tot and I never looked back.
    I never got to meet the man, but I dealt with Grauerholz and got to buy some of Burroughs' work when I helped edit Whole Earth Review.
    Some friends threw him a birthday party once and baked a new (unloaded) gun into the cake. I still regret missing that do.

    Click here
    to read Rudy Rucker's story in Flurb #5 in which he channels Burroughs in Tangiers.

    • CommentAuthorByrd68
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
    I absolutely love E.R. "Tarzan", "The Martian Tales", "Pelucidar" etc.
    I've only read W.'s "Queer"... or was it "Junkie"... the movie "Naked Lunch" is by far the trippiest movie I'd seen since "Eraserhead" and it wasn't ecliped until "Mirror Mask".
    I've never read any of A.'s stufff but really enjoyed "Running With Scissors".

    Though I could tell one I saw your first post what you meant I thought I'd follow my first thought @ seeing this thread.

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