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Beat and dust: Tangier’s tang of history

This obscure book by Beat writer William Burroughs contains some of his earliest work. But it is the extraordinary “WORD,” a long, sexually wild and deliberately offensive tirade, butroughs blends confession, routine, and fantasy and marks the true turning point of Burroughs as a writer-the breakthrough of his own characteristic voice that will find its full realization in Naked Lunch.

But there are higher stakes than youth or Latah, games where only two players in the world know what the stakes are. The last section is the obnoxious, nonsensical, Naked Lunch word-salad Burroughs is know for I just skimmed those last 40 pages.

Interzone’s a Riot: William S. Burroughs and Writing the Moroccan Revolution

Yet I’ll probably read more of his books what does that say about me? People eaten by unknown diseases watch the passerby with evil knowing eyes.

There, too, things weren’t quite as I’d imagined. Parts of it are fragmentary, but the best of the first pages are written in the straightforward semi-autobiographical style of his novel Junky, and give a compelling portrait of being down-and-out in Tangiers. How easy it would be to feel lost there. The degree of choice for being in the thickness of line is different for each of these bodies; nevertheless, they all question the law in the way it unfolds upon the bodies and the way it materialize through architectural apparatuses.


They are escorted by a drunken cop to register in a vast public lavatory. Topics William Burroughs Books blog. Apr 25, Mat rated it it was ok. Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. The Eternal Question of Chess. Dec 04, Ed Smiley rated it liked it Shelves: If you’ve ever wanted to know how Burroughs got from Queer to Naked Lunchthis is the book.

The first section of the book is a series of very short stories, funny and offbeat, yet somewhat mediocre, still enjoyable.

Interzone by William S. Burroughs

In short, this final part of the journey was quite tough going, and it interzohe be a while before I feel ready to make an attempt with Naked Lunch intwrzone this point. I’ve never wanted to throw away or, better yet, burn a book before until now.

There are revealing points of sentiment, especially his repeated sorrows about the death of Joan his wife, killed accidentally by his hand in a drunken game of William Telland his admission that he was subject to erratic compassion, and although sometimes cold could not endure the suffering of a child; he ruthlessly expunged sentimentality in This is essentially a compilation of William S.

He left home in to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. It’s a remarkable place. Burroughs may have invented Being Over It: How do you define punk?

This is no accident. The City is visited by epidemics of violence, and the untended dead are eaten by vultures in the streets. In William Burroughs settled in Tangiers, finding a sanctuary of sorts in its shadowy iinterzone, blind alleys, and lowlife decadence.

Parts 1 and 2 are straight ahead and hard-boiled, early writings that show where he begins his obsessions.


But the fact I couldn’t get in didn’t matter: It is what it is. His first published work was the semi-autobiographical Junkiewritten under the pseudonym William Lee and published as a two-book pulp in ; he followed it with a manuscript called Queer that remained unpublished until Burroughs’s life during this period is limned in a startling collection of short stories, autobiographical sketches, letters, and diary entries, all of which showcase his trademark mordant humor, while delineating the addictions to drugs and sex that are the central metaphors of his work.

Repetition is not an accident here; recombination, not originality, is the motor of change. These later texts are niterzone marginally more linear or plot-driven than the cut-ups of the Nova Trilogy; it would be hard to call them a return to convention.

Moreover, the concluding section entitled “WORD” was part of the original Naked Lunch manuscript but was cut during the editing process according to the introduction by editor James Grauerholz. It’s easy to tell they interzohe his writings because they contain his themes: The iron-willed dictator is a thing of the past.

Interzone is an indispensable addition to the canon of his works. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Interzone gives great insight into Burroughs’ writing. Published February 1st by Penguin Books first published Jul 06, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: Part 3 Word is more like what you get in Naked Lunch.