Interzone [William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In William Burroughs settled in Tangiers. Burroughs’ best-known novel is a wild ride, a disjointed trip that begins in Washington Square but soon shifts to the city of Interzone, a surreal. Burroughs seems to grow ever more trite with the passage of time, his rebellion against society a lame thing. Fans will probably enjoy this fragmentary collection .
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The writings in this text take place roughly between andw Parts 1 and 2 are straight ahead and hard-boiled, early writings that show where he begins his obsessions.
Part 3 Word is more like what you get in Naked Lunch. A stream of words in broken paragraphs, with a grammar that far too often defies grammar on levels of tense, subject—verb agreement, sentence structure, and complete sentences. The other story, who’s title escapes me, revolves around the main character, undoubtedly autobiographical, seeing the ugliest core of a little Tunisian man who hates, despises the narrator with all his heart, yet Gollum-like in his parallel obsequiousness, offering revolting forms of entertainment for his amusement, rebuffed icily and insultingly by the narrator.
What remains is a literary legend: ANYWAY, rather than change the number of pages on the already existing entry, I’ve just made this new one – that way I can add the correct cover art for the edition I’m reviewing. Unless your baby swallows a quarter, you’ll never have to dig through so much infantile shit for so little reward.
Bloody difficult at times though, especially ‘word’. It’s a remarkable place. Its closest reference point is Raymond Chandler, if Philip Marlowe were hired to investigate a cartel of protoplasmic, shapeshifting facists and was diverted by the orgiastic ministrations of perpetually ejaculating boys.
Danny shivered with an inner cold. The Chief of Police is a Chinese who picks his teeth and listens to denunciations presented by a lunatic. The techniques he embraced and promoted — non-linearity, machine composition, fragmentary production, creative recycling — have become not only accepted but standardized, themselves folded into the ugly, looping bray he warned against. Naked Scientology The Adding Machine: Migrations, incredible journeys through deserts and jungles and mountains stasis and death in closed mountain valleys where plants grow out of genitals, vast crustaceans hatch inside and break the shell of body across the Pacific in an outrigger canoe to Easter Island.
The collection opens with a very useful introduction by editor James Grauerholtz, who provides a decent biographical and historical background for Burroughs and, in particular, the texts in the collection.
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The Interzone, as we discussed with Lucy, is both an international zone and a zone in which the law has been suspended. The Last Beat William S. The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident, inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push. These two early texts established inrerzone graphic frankness about interzoone use and homosexuality for which Burroughs would quickly become notorious.
INTERZONE by William S. Burroughs | Kirkus Reviews
Some of Burroughs most coherent work, and IMHO a better glimpse of his capabilities than the silly little heroin-based rantings. The roads, meanwhile, provide a constant vicarious source of excitement and danger — particularly at a roundabout, where those racing in have priority over those trying to get around. Even at his best he’s not that great, a mediocre writer to be sure. Minarets, palms, mountains, jungle… A sluggish river jumping with vicious fish, vast weed-grown parks where boys lie in the grass, play cryptic games.
The second section features extracts of the journal Burroughs kept during his drug years in Tangiers as well as letter to such personalities as Ginsberg.
The cutups, which he doesn’t employ in publishing until the Nova Trilogy, are difficult to put it mildly.
Burroughs on the Road Corso: In Burroughs as in Warhol, a distance in time allows us to see the relentless exploratory drift between modes and media as a prototype for contemporary creativity, the artist not as auteur but as signature, as a distinctive style that is its own substance, gaining coherence not in the unity of its form but in the consistency of its attitude.
On the wide pavements interrzone great streams of humanity from all corners of the earth, from the very rich to the very, very poor, in all manner of costumes from slick Italian designer suits to desert-ready Obi-Wan Kenobi-style bernous. Yet I’ll probably read more of his books what does that say about me? Burrough’s notebooks, and chronicles his very bizarre passage towards becoming a very bizarre writer.
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Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in Burroughs collaborated with the painter Brion Gysin in Paris and London in the s and s, and in the s embarked on his own painting career the sneers of the art establishment deterred his painting roughly as much as the sneers of the literary establishment had deterred his writing; like the innumerable cultural icons devoted to his work, Burroughs was not the type to be impressed by the fussy incomprehension of the New Yorker set.
A place where the unknown past and the emergent future meet in a vibrating soundless hum… Larval entities waiting for a Live One …. A clutch of credible transgressive stories in the Beat idiom and one slavering toxic outpouring of unreadable pizzle-jizzle in the Beat idiom.
A writer of vivid, hallucinatory prose works swimming with drug use, queer sex, and sci-fi viscera, Burroughs has always been an author whose name is dropped more often than his books are picked up.
The urban density of Interzone gives way to a vast and lawless wilderness: Finding success with his confessional first novel, JunkieBurroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Luncha controversy-fraught work that underwent a court case under the U. Feb 25, Richard rated it did not like it. This is great for fans of Burroughs, others should probably start with Junky or Naked Lunch first, depending on how adventurous you want to get.
The Yage Letters The Job: The iron-willed dictator is a thing of the past. High mountain flutes, jazz and bebop, one-stringed Mongol instruments, gypsy xylophones, African drums, Arab bagpipes … The City is visited by interzond of violence, and the untended dead are eaten by vultures in bugroughs streets.
To know the road exists violates ibterzone human covenant: These later texts are only 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.