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Need to read something by William S. Burroughs

  1. Aug 25, 2015 #1

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    I want to read something by William S. Burroughs, as he is quoted as being influential for a thing I have to write about. Which book would you recommend as a typical for him, or a best example of his prose?
     
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    Burroughs became known for one work, Naked Lunch. Read that and you will have read the essential Burroughs.
     
  5. Aug 25, 2015 #4
    The film Bladerunner was based on a novel by Phillip K. Dick. I'm just about positive Burroughs had nothing to do with it.
     
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    I'm inclined to agree --- just noting a rather odd item from the Wiki bio. --- .
     
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    Tenuous as it is.
     
  9. Aug 26, 2015 #8

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    Thanks. Turns out one of my friends has a Polish version and offered to borrow.
     
  10. Aug 26, 2015 #9
    Having read all of his works, I would suggest Cities Of The Red Night followed by The Western Lands; both better than Naked Lunch, expanding on previous themes and being more accessible. Cities of The Red Night in particular for its incredible intentional bathos and (literal) gallows humour, which Burroughs was a master at.

    Note that a lot of his works are *still* quite graphic after all these years; with very detailed descriptions of violent homosexual orgies; sexually motivated executions; drug taking and casual murder .


    I would very much recommend listening to Spare Ass Annie which is a selection of his short stories (including the peerless Junky's Christmas and the hilarious Doctor Benway Operates from Naked Lunch) read by himself, set to music by the Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy

    http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000102558
     
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    Dr Benway Operates (strong language!)
     
  12. Aug 26, 2015 #11

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    Thanks for suggestions. I already have Naked Lunch, so I will start with it.
     
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