(E–pub READ) [The Adding Machine Selected Essays]
In many ways this is superior to Burroughs longer fictional works In the true spirit of a cut up novel one can open to any page and just start reading The healthy variety of editorial comments personal reflections and short essays in this collection offer a fascinating albeit limited portrait of one of the 20th century s great American writers Evolution psychology scientific advances he proves himself to be incredibly well read with a mind that ventures far beyond the themes of addiction and sexual vulgarity that brought him fame in Naked LunchThe book is infinitely uotable for instance I believe that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered presidential image and gave the American virtues of irreverence and skepticism back to the peopleThe best essays however deal with writing the art and the persona Fantastic Essays by El Hombre InvisibleTom Robbins has often been called the most dangerous writer alive Well William Burroughs just may be the most dangerous writer since JoyceIn these essays Burroughs really takes notes and rips into his enemies whether they be other writers or members of the government He takes no prisoners His humour is incisive acerbic and as sardo A great collection of essays which gives a wealth of insight into Burroughs perspective on writing and the creative process There is also the inclusion of several routines that come off as hit and miss but they are now used to illustrate points being made in some of the essays ie over population immortality But with the best routines in this book one can see Burroughs channeling his inner Johnathan Swift and offers macabre and
Pessimistic Views Of Theviews of the condition The best advice a writer wanna be can acuire from one of the greatest deceased writers in history I recommend
this to ou even if The Ultimate Truth you have no desire write In the endou willto Loula And The Sister Recipe you even ifou have no desire write In the end Classic Accidental Centaurs Omnibus you will I m a great lover of the prose by William Burroughs I m not a great fan of his theories He s a bit of a nutter I guess Raging paranoia is also a description Of course his writing is also in these mostly short essays brilliant Stylistically hardly anything compares to it But there are two things which really struck me reading this collection about fantastical theories that he believed in1 William Burroughs really was a centre of the counterculture of the sixties and seventies So many of those ideas which weren t supported by any science at all or at best pseudo science were celebrated and propagated by him Even the strange stories and theories by contemporaries found a reflection in his writing He was some kind of lynchpin in those days The uncle that made it alright forou to utter complete nonsense2 Plenty of writers clearly influenced him like Fitzgerald and Proust Something The Spike you would not easily think when reading him For Hemingway he even had a pet name Papa Being the opposite in sensibility and style he seems very enad by the man Ofcourse they do share a sense of adventure though Burroughs is the man for the journey within and Hemingway Wellou knowWhat comes to mind is that this very excentric writer who few people can really appreciate is very much a man. Acclaimed by Norman Mailer than twenty ears ago as possibly the only American writer of genius William S Burroughs has produced a body of work uniue in our time In these scintillating essays he writes wittily and wisely about himself his interests his influences his friends and foes He .
Of his times and age With his hand on the pulse of societyOfcourse the collection is hurt now and then by repetition The essays were often written for different magazines so overlap wouldn t be a problem and Burroughs is after all a man with a singleminded message which gets tedious now and then But what a writer and what insights in writing So easy and crisp The Hemingway piece is something many in my country The Netherlands should read
since there is a tendency to view writing only as good according to the journalistic and sparse style of the greatthere is a tendency to view writing only as good according to the journalistic and sparse style of the great I recommend this as a starting point for anyone who is wanting to get into Burroughs This collection of essays gives the reader a view into his early failed attempts at writing as a teenager along with glimpses of some of the trauma that he went through as a oung adult and how this led to his uniue views and style These essays are not all biographical as Burroughs also explores some of his idea generators as a writerartist such as cut ups
And Experiments With Photography Andexperiments with photography and along with analyzing the work of a few authors From a personal standpoint I was thoroughly befuddled the first time that I picked up Nova Express but this book taught me how to read some of Burroughs experimental writing I also think that this would be an excellent work to use as a text in a beginning level creative writing college course Essential reading for those interested in the life and work of William S Burroughs As I mentioned before Burroughs had a superb voice not only in speaking terms but that ou can hear it through his writing It s hard for me to think on the top of my head who else
has that voice in their work Maybe Capote But i don t hear it Butthat voice in their work Maybe Capote But i don t hear it But can only write in one way or fashion and he does it the best This collection of essays are a series of his voice on particular subject matters He s like the guy who is entertaining at the nearby pub or bar Kind of cranky kind of insane but incredibly entertaining So in a sense Burroughs was an entertainer And he entertained me for many many ears now The William S Burroughs Creative Reading CourseWilliam S Burroughs book of essays The Adding Machine Selected Essays was culled from a variety of sources including transcripts from his creative writing course at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics The usual books get mentioned throughout this collection including Jack Black s You Can t Win and The Biography of a Grizzly which according to Beatnik legend inspired Burroughs first literary work The Autobiography of a Wolf Unusually The Picture of Dorian Gray Modern Library Classics inspired Burroughs to write a tale about English gentlemenplanning an expedition to the Pole He also admits to having bled all over Paul Bowles copy of One Arm after sitting around all day shooting junk Burroughs stresses again and again that it is OK to borrow from other works to enrich our own A chapter in Under Western Eyes Penguin Classics he admits helped him round out a Dr Benway scene in Naked Lunch Also a book calle It is tempting to say that Burroughs s writing represents either the urgent dispatches from a social observer warning of impending danger or the ravings. Ffers candid and not always flattering assessments of such diverse writers as Ernest Hemingway F Scott Fitzgerald Joseph Conrad Graham Greene Jack Kerouac Allen Ginsberg Samuel Beckett and Marcel Proust He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seems intent on lead. Of a paranoid crank However as Burroughs himself points out either or thinking is reductive and so if one wants to get at the complexity of his work it s preferable to take a both and approach and indeed while some of Burroughs s ideas seem pretty loopy others are right on that s right started out with a straw man Mea culpaAlthough with them as author and individual Burroughs is not really like other members of the Beat Generation I ve seen a photograph of him with a couple of the Beats perhaps it was Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and they re at the beach and while the others are wearing trunks and T shirts Burroughs conspicuously wears a formal suit It s like those pictures of the Rolling Stones in which everyone has long hair and mod clothes except for Charlie Watts who looks like a banker than a drummer in a rock and roll bandBurroughs has been called the godfather of punk Some have suggested that his literary experiments with the cut up techniue can be read as early experiments in hypertext He s best known for Naked Lunch a novel about heroin and sex that somewhere got spliced with science fiction dystopism and mutated into one of the central texts of social satire of the last fifty ears es read itSo The Adding Machine It s a book of essays on a number of subjects There s literary criticism as Burroughs discusses the work of writers like Ernest Hemingway Samuel Beckettand Marcel Proust There s philosophy both aesthetic Burroughs talks about the creative process and ethical Burroughs comments on the Johnsons he s known and contrasts them to the s he s metYet although the work is a collection of essays it s not necessarily non fiction One essay starts out as a fictional dialogue between two film producers at "Some Point Becoming A Non "point becoming a non discussion about a real drug that could help junkies kick their addiction to heroin but that is unavailable in America because the FDA has prohibited it Another begins as literary criticism with Burroughs commenting on The Great Gatsby it ends however as fiction with Burroughs suggesting an alternate ending for F Scott Fitzgerald s novel and reproducing a passage of experimental writing in which he cuts up The Great Gatsby with other texts In addition to these there are the speculative essays in which Burroughs writes about subjects like coincidence or orgone accumulation the fictionality or non fictionality of these subjects freuently depends on the credulity of the reader than on what can be proven scientificallyThe essays are short some of them only three or four pages long and conventionally constructed than are most of his novels Funny and alarming all at once Burroughs is a kind of canary in the coalmine a surreal satirist as much George Carlin as George Orwell You might think of him as that character who appears in the opening of the B horror picture the old timer who
#can tell ou what The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook Delicious Recipes For Sweets Treats And Other Autumnal Delights you want to know about the mysterious goings on uponder #tell The Symposium you whatou want to know about the mysterious goings on up Flaming Hot yonder old Vineland place So ifou want to make it past the third reel No Such Thing you could do worse than to listen to what Burroughs has to say before going to investigate forourself what s locked up in the basement of the creepy house that is contemporary Amerik. Ing us whether into outer or inner space He reviews his reviewers explains his famous “cut up” method and discusses the role coincidence has played in his life and work As a satirist and parodist William Burroughs has no peer as these varied works written over three decades amply reve.
William S. Burroughs