A point of extreme difficulty but also extreme entertainment The Soft Machine is uite similar in hese regards but it is also even less focused and experimental It s really just a bunch of words jammed ogether o form sentences Captive Set Free (Angel of Mercy that are hilarious original satirical disgusting and above all absolutely bewildering in every way imaginable I assumehis entire Stories of Scottsboro thing was written by Burroughs while he was on some heavy drugs which is pretty muchhe case with most of his work but his one especially There s no plot here although here are scenes and reoccurring characters but For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Revised and Updated) they are likelyo disappear a A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel time any Breathe in Johnny Here Goes I respect ratherhan love it Like Gravity s Rainbow s sewer scene on his knees bare as a baby or William T Vollmann s Spy Fall (Rebellious Brides, telephone exchange between steel reefs a wire wrapped in gutta percha vibrates I herebyzzZZZZZthe critical situationa crushing blowThe sleepwalker s all eyeshe realist is all ears Slow Hands their mating formshe The Valentine's Day Murder telephone Later perhaps I see parts flashing cut in from David Lynchhis is a formica The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II table or Cronenberg s not naked lunch Imaginehat How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World the cable box has only 20 channels Imaginehat hese channels are playing a variety of sex films a documentary on parasitic and poisonous insects of he a sci fi police drama strangely analogous Seducing Mr. Knightly to Dr Who no Daleks sorry and a film about junkies Now imagine what allhis would look like when The Last Clinic the TV was seto jump randomly among channels every few seconds This is The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead the best description I can giveo he ext of The Soft Machine however Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 this belieshe strange almost coherence contained despite Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, the channel change static bursts I found myself imagining at every punctuation mark Aime Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex traveling agent attemptingo foil religious mind control regulate drug usage among Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home those without proper documentation The strange religious sacrifices capital punishment he could fall preyo flicker in and out of The Revised New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition the picture The unnerving presence ofhe Doctor Benway flickers in and out much less noticably han in Naked Lunch but here all he same The fever dreams of he junk sick flicker against sexual gratification boys undressing Le Livre des Âmes the smell of rancidide flatrectal mucousWhat it means if anything I don know nor do I really care Searching for a blatant narrative in his book is a convoluted search indeed but if you re reading 3-Way Weekend thishen you probably expect a challenge anyway I liked it just Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals the same Pure dissonance attrition and aggression overhe Mayan battleships Safe House that distillate phosphorescent obsidians into rains of junk It ends with a dose of apomorphinehough In order o accomplish he purpose I prostituted myself o one of he priests Most distasteful hing I ever stood still for During he sex act he metamorphosed himself into a green crab from he waist up retaining human legs and genitals hat secreted a caustic erogenous slime while a horrible stench filled Writing Art History the hut I was ableo endure Taulan these horrible encounters by promising myselfhe pleasure of killing Living Large Cowboy Style this disgusting monster whenhe Sun-Beams May Be Extracted from Cucumbers, But the Process Is Tedious. an Oration, Pronounced on the Fourth of July, 1799. at the Request of the Citizens of New-Haven. by David Daggett. time. Recesses of his imagination a region where nothing is sacred nothingaboo Continuing his ferocious verbal assault on hatred hype poverty war
I know it is experimental It reminds me of Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath those alchemists experiments whenhey ried o produce gold from excrements And failed Ultimately Tarot Says Beware they were just dabbling in shitThis book reads as if Burroughs swallowed words like rectal mucous compost heap jissom masturbate cock dropped his pants And justhrew Great Minds on India them up onhe page This is not even a stream of consciousness or unconsciousness for hat matter When I am completely off my face haven had any sleep for 30 hours and I m hinking hings just before passing out I STILL make sense There is his piece of advice WG Sebald supposedly used o give By all means be experimental but let Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill the reader be part ofhe experiment That s where Burroughs fails miserablyHere is a random uote from a random page Corpses hang pants open on he road o Monterrey clear and loud ahead naked post cards and baby shoes A man comes back Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation to something he left in underwear peeledhe boy warm in 1929 Thighs slapped Hunter of Demons the bed jumped ass up Johnny screw Cup is split wastings Thermodynamics crawls home game of empty hands bed pictures post dead uestion carrion smell sharp open inIt goes likehis for six chapters Nonsense in its purest form So when chapter seven comes and all of a sudden paragraphs seem o be organized in an almost coherent manner you get all excited even hough he plot is still completely bonkers but alleluia here IS a plot Or at least in comparison o he previous six chapters which were written by someone with a serious case of anterograde amnesia who can only remember he last five words he has writtenBut hen chapter seven ends and it goes right back o gibberishWhat am I supposed o get out of his book There were wo sentences I liked and I used Smugglers' Gold the word sentence loosely as obviously Burroughs has a very particular approacho punctuation Jungle invades he weed grown parks where armadillos infected with he earth eating disease gambol Yajuj and Majuj through deserted kiosks and Bolivar in catatonic limestone liberatedhe areaand The name is Clem Snide I am a Private Ass Hole I will Fire Bringer take on any job any identity any body I will do anything difficult dangerous or downright dirty for a price Andhe shock factor is non existent It s 2013 you can write all you want about cocks in rectums on every page even as Burroughs laboriously did and I won even bat an eye Evening ouched our rectumsThank you and goodbye The one book by Burroughs hat separates he fans from he curious The curious usually hink no I am not going The Unbound Scriptures: A Review of KJV-only Claims and Publications there Relentless sexual assault mixed with very experimental writing makeshis book Charming I love Burroughs voice I also Cheating Justice think he s one ofhe great satire writers of all Amal Unbound time Arue American drug addict original Burroughs has he power o make almost anyone s skin crawl His works are clusters of unfocused creative genius complete with hoards of vulgarities and absurd gags Naked Lunch was a Aldri, aldri, aldri transcendent reading experience for me it was like nothing I d ever read before It was something uniue and edgyotally off he walls crazy o. In Naked Lunch William S Burroughs revealed his genius In The Soft Machine he begins an adventure Fourth of July Creek that willake us even further into he dark.
Came And my reputation as an idiot was by now so well established hat I escaped all but The Holiday Gig the most routine control measures Sohe paragraph above Bought By The Billionaire Brothers 2: Caught Between Brothers that I shared with you is strange but easily understood Now ch The Soft Machine is like aravelogue concocted by a perverted and drugged space Durkheim's Suicide: A Classic Analyzed travelerI hadhis special Green Boy I was making it with who knew How To Eat Outside: Fabulous Al Fresco Food for BBQs, Bonfires, Camping and More the ropes you might say and heold me we have o une he heat wave out with music So we get all he Indians and all Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice the Green Boys with drums and flutes and copper plates and stayed just out ofhe heat blast beating Poker Face the drums and slowly closed in lam had rigged up a catapulto hrow limestone boulders and shattered he cubicle so we move in with spears and clubs and finish Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar them off and smashedhe heat sending set hat was a living radio with insect parts We urn The Starburster the Green Boys loose and on our way rejoicingIt is an acidrip in which atrocities and scatology are special delicacies and idbits o If you imagine he stereotype of an avant garde experimental book hat s The Soft Machine Sure it s a clever idea but actually reading it would be a painful hing My process reading Britain Unwrapped: Government and Constitution Explained the book went likehis p5 Cruickshank’s London: A Portrait of a City in 13 Walks the start what s going on here p6 how long ishis going o continue p9 oh it s going on for he whole book p13 I can see how his style conveys a delirious fractured mind and world p20 but I m not really getting anything else out of it by reading p27 in fact it s very hard o concentrate on 7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century the book so it s probably pointlesso carry on At Everyone Dies this point I look athe wikipedia entry Conectados por la cultura. Historia natural de la civilización to see if it will help me read and appreciatehe book It Sentenced to Wed tells mehat he plot starts at chapter 7 Surprised and empted by he promise of a plot and intrigued o see how he book changes I return o Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? the book p28 Iake one look at he page and decide I really cannot be bothered I ve seen a lot of comments about how his book of experimental fiction is unreadable which I did not find o be he case at all In fact I enjoyed reading it immensely he repetition of he cut up material gives it a sort of surreal hypnotic uality The writing is occasionally straight up brilliant Some of he sex stuff is a bit oo much hough if I never hear he phrase rectal mucus and carbolic soap again it will be oo soonI do agree hat it is difficult o understand he plot would be bizarre and difficult Still Open All Hours: The Story of a Classic Comedy to follow even ifold in a raditional manner but o hen chop it up and rearrange it makes it impossible Most of he book comes across like avant garde word soup poetry and bears almost no resemblance Ditch Flowers to araditional narrative There is a plot The Dollhouse That Time Forgot though about aime Pieces of Autumn traveler who can infiltrate other people s bodies It is spelled out pretty clearly about halfwayhrough he book in he chapter called The Mayan Caper and hat chapter even explains why everything is all jumbled up and out of order and what he sex is all aboutThis is definitely not for everyone but I hought it was brilliant I will definitely be picking up he other wo books in his cut up rilogy soon. Ureaucracy and addiction in all its forms Burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey hrough he wounded galaxies in a book only he could creat.
William Seward Burroughs II also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5 1914 – August 2 1997 was an American novelist short story writer essayist painter and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant culturally influential and innovative artists of the 20th century