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least acts Brenin in literary history Howevert s also pretty funny and s not afraid to be both enjoyable and simultaneously which s a trick few authors can pull off nearly as well as Burroughs So dive Doctor Who: Engines of War into thisnsane discomforting oddity at your own risk but be warned t may be the most confusing and gross thing you ve ever read even f you re used to transgressive and experimental lit The one book by Burroughs that separates the fans from
the least acts n literary history However The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop it s also pretty funny ands not afraid to be both enjoyable and
The Curious The Curious Usually curious The curious usually no I am not going there Relentless sexual assault mixed with very experimental writing makes this book Charming I love Burroughs voice I
also think he s one of the great think he s one of the great writers of all time A true American drug addict original I know t s experimental It reminds me of those alchemists experiments when they tried to produce gold from excrements And failed Ultimately they were just dabbling n shitThis book reads as f Burroughs swallowed words like rectal mucous compost heap jissom masturbate cock dropped his pants And just threw them up on the page This The Racehorse Who Disappeared is not even a stream of consciousness or unconsciousness for that matter When I am completely off my face haven t had any sleep for 30 hours and I m thinking things just before passing out I STILL make sense Theres this piece of advice WG Sebald supposedly used to give By all means be experimental but let the reader be part of the experiment That s where Burroughs fails miserablyHere s a random uote from a random page Corpses hang pants open on the road to Monterrey clear and loud ahead naked post cards and baby shoes A man comes back to something he left n underwear peeled the boy warm Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten in 1929 Thighs slapped the bed jumped ass up Johnny screw Cups split wastings Thermodynamics crawls home game of empty hands bed pictures post dead uestion carrion smell sharp open Sutherlands Rules inIt goes like this for six chapters Nonsensen ts purest form So when chapter seven comes and all of a sudden paragraphs seem to be organized n an almost coherent manner you get all excited even though the plot An Officer and a Gentleman (A Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Story) is still completely bonkers but alleluia there IS a plot Or at leastn comparison to the previous six chapters which were written by someone with a serious case of anterograde amnesia who can only remember the last five words he has writtenBut then chapter seven ends and t goes right back to gibberishWhat am I supposed to get out of this book There were two sentences I liked and I used the word sentence loosely as obviously Burroughs has a very particular approach to punctuation Jungle nvades the weed grown parks where armadillos Trafiquants et navigateurs sur le Bas-Danube et dans le Pont Gauche a l'epoque romaine (Philippika - marburger altertumskundliche abhandlungen) (German Edition) infected with the earth eating disease gambol through deserted kiosks and Bolivarn catatonic limestone liberated the areaand The name When Dimple Met Rishi is Clem Snide I am a Private Ass Hole I will take on any job anydentity any body I will do anything difficult dangerous or downright dirty for a price And the shock factor s non existent It s 2013 you can write all you want about cocks n rectums on every page even as Burroughs laboriously did and I won t even bat an eye Evening touched our rectumsThank you and goodbye Pure dissonance attrition and aggression over the Mayan battleships that distillate phosphorescent obsidians nto rains of junk It ends with a dose of apomorphine though Imagine that the cable box has only 20 channels Imagine that these channels are playing a variety of sex films a documentary on parasitic and poisonous nsects of the a sci fi police drama strangely analogous to Dr Who no Daleks sorry and a film about junkies Now Night Watch imagine what all this would look like when the TV was set to jump randomly among channels every few seconds Thiss the best description I can give to the text of The Soft Machine however this belies the strange almost coherence contained despite the channel change static bursts I found myself End of Day imagining at every punctuation mark A time traveling agent attempting to foil religious mind control regulate drug usage among those without proper documentation The strange religious sacrifices capital punishment he could fall prey to flickern and out of the picture The unnerving presence of the Doctor Benway flickers n and out much less noticably than n Naked Lunch but there all the same The fever dreams of the junk sick flicker against sexual gratification boys undressing the smell of rancid tide flatrectal mucousWhat Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance: Studies in the Practice of Theatre it meansf anything I don t know nor do I really care Searching for a blatant narrative Israel! Do You Know? in this books a convoluted search Korean War indeed butf you re reading this then you probably expect a challenge anyway I liked Serpico it just the same Breathen Johnny Here Goes I respect rather than love t Like Gravity s Rainbow s sewer scene on his knees bare as a baby or William T Vollmann s telephone exchange between steel reefs a wire wrapped n gutta percha vibrates I herebyzzZZZZZthe critical situationa crushing blowThe sleepwalker s all eyes the realist Truyol Y Serra's Doctrines of International Law is all ears their mating forms the telephone Later perhaps I see parts flashing cutn from David Lynch this s a formica table or Cronenberg s not naked lunch or beginning of. The slicing and random folding n of words was fully developed transforming the narratice nto an extraordinary uneualled new form of prose poetryTaken from the back cover.
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of comments about how this book of experimental fiction s unreadable which I notcomments about how this book of experimental fiction s unreadable which I did not to be the case at all In fact I enjoyed reading Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices ACT and Related Laws itmmensely the repetition of the cut up material gives t a sort of surreal hypnotic uality The writing s occasionally straight up brilliant Some of the sex stuff Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World is a bit too much thoughf I never hear the phrase rectal mucus and carbolic soap again t will be too soonI do agree that t Let's Talk 3 Student's Book is difficult to understand the plot would be bizarre and difficult to follow evenf told Socrates, The Wisest And Most Just? in a traditional manner but to then chopt up and rearrange European State Aid and Tax Rulings it makest mpossible Most of the book comes across like avant garde word soup poetry and bears almost no resemblance to a traditional narrative There s a
plot though about a time traveler who canthough about a time traveler who can other people s bodies It The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra is spelled out pretty clearly about halfway through the bookn the chapter called The Mayan Caper and that chapter even explains why everything The Complete Paladin's Handbook is all jumbled up and out of order and what the sexs all aboutThis The Lake is definitely not for everyone but I thoughtt was brilliant I will definitely be picking up the other two books Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way in this cut up trilogy soon If youmagine the stereotype of an avant garde experimental book that s The Soft Machine Sure The Devil Aspect it s a cleverdea but actually reading t would be a painful thing My process reading the book went like this p5 the start what s going on here p6 how long s this going to continue p9 oh An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, it s going on for the whole book p13 I can see how this style conveys a delirious fractured mind and world p20 but I m not really getting anything else out oft by reading p27 Four Corners Level 1b Workbook in factt s very hard to concentrate on the book so Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders it s probably pointless to carry on At this point I look at the wikipedia entry to seef Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) it will help me read and appreciate the book It tells me that the plot starts at chapter 7 Surprised and tempted by the promise of a plot andntrigued to The Soft Machine Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises is like a travelogue concocted by a perverted and drugged space travelerI had this special Green Boy I was makingt with who knew the ropes you might say and he told me we have to tune the heat wave out with music So we get all the Indians and all the Green Boys with drums and flutes and copper plates and stayed just out of the heat blast beating the drums and slowly closed Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives in lam had rigged up a catapult to throw limestone boulders and shattered the cubicle so we moven with spears and clubs and finish them off and smashed the heat sending set that was a living radio with Kaltblau insect parts We turn the Green Boys loose and on our way rejoicingIts an acid trip n which atrocities and scatology are special delicacies and tidbits on offerI pushed nto a Turkish Bath and surprised a faggot brandishing a deformed erection Between Octobers in the steam room and strangled him straightaway with a soapy towel I had to checkn I was thin now barely strength Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian in my receding flesh to finish off that tired faggot I gotnto my clothes shivering and gaping and walked Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia into the terminal drugstore Five minutes to twelve Five minutes to score I walked over to the night clerk and threw a piece of tin on himAnd William S Burroughs surelys a revolutionary but I don t know exactly of what sort however probably sexual or maybe chemical or perhaps even linguistic During the sex act he metamorphosed himself The Taming of the Werewolf into a green crab from the waist up retaining human legs and genitals that secreted a caustic erogenous slime while a horrible stench filled the hut I was able to endure these horrible encounters by promising myself the pleasure of killing this disgusting monster when the time came And my reputation as andiot was by now so well established that I escaped all but the most routine control measuresIt takes all kinds to make the world so even a depiction of despicable vices can be hustled at a profit In order to accomplish the purpose I prostituted myself to one of the priests Most distasteful thing I ever stood still for During the sex act he metamorphosed himself Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) into a green crab from the waist up retaining human legs and genitals that secreted a caustic erogenous slime while a horrible stench filled the hut I was able to endure these horrible encounters by promising myself the pleasure of killing this disgusting monster when the time came And my reputation as andiot was by now so well established that I escaped all but the most routine control measures So the paragraph above that I shared with you s strange but easily understood Now check out this paragraph Larval people whispering flesh Eyes ejaculated spine mud Black gum n member Old junky coughing limestone n the obsidian morning the sale mirror to red sky Manipulated spasms puppets vestigial meat Pulsing pink shell Red pagodas and crystal accounts Wet dream eyes hanging n lust of dead flesh patios Boy chrysalis First Cosmic Velocity in streets of postcard Eating birds patrol black lichen Catatonic sports sear lungs of dream clay Lust of mud bubble coal gas thensect street Flesh ejaculation Penis n the broken mirror rocks of Marwan Serving the crystal dawn photo of sex On the Brass and Copper Street This book was originally. Hanged soldiers North African street urchins addicted narcotic agents Spanish rent boys evil doctors corrupt judges and monsters from the mythology of history or the labrat. Composed using the cut up techniue nspired
by the artist Brion Gysin Let me define cut up for you Cut up s performed bythe artist Brion Gysin Let me define cut up for you Cut up s performed by a finished and fully linear text and cutting Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 itn pieces with a few or single words on each piece The resulting pieces are then rearranged nto a new text So William S Burroughs wrote a traditional novel and then cut those sentences up nto pieces and rearranged them randomly Maybe less of a creative process than just a random throw of the dice Burroughs was not happy with the 1961 edition and n several
Editions After The Original Heafter the original he to make radical changes It s the type of novel that possibly because of the randomness of design can never be finished He added standard prose to each new edition to make the book readable There Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 is this moment when he writes But then who am I to be critical I chuckled becauset was as Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition if he were talking to the reader Theres a lot of homosexual sex described but a lot of Code Name: Bikini its fairly repetitive He likes the words jissom jism and rectum and the phrase ragged pants to the ankles Did I say there was a lot of sex description I meant there Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy is oceans mountains oodles gobs and forgive my French aloads Yes I m being tonguen cheek of sexual situations There s a linear prose chapter titled The Mayan Caper which gives the reader some dea of what they are actually reading about If you do decide to take on the task of reading this novel and you become bogged down frustrated discombobulated or start screaming uncontrollably please skip ahead to this chapter and soothe your ruffled reader s soul with at least something you can wrap your mind around I made notes of some cool passages that I really liked An evil old character with sugary eyes that stuck to you They were ripe for the plucking forgot way back yonder Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten in the corn hole Lostn little scraps of delight and burning scrolls The man opposite me didn t look like much A thin grey man n a long coat that flickered like old film n these times when practically anybody s subject to wander n from the desert with a uit claim deed and snatch a girl s snatch right out from under her assets When the boy peeled off the dry goods he gives off a slow stink like a thawing mummy Crab men peer out of abandoned uarries and shag heaps some sort of vestigial eye growing cheek bone and a look about them as Bankerupt if they could take root and grow on anybody Even the linear proses sometimes as confusing as the cut up techniue sections Most people probably do not need to read this trilogy but 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation if you are someone who enjoys looking at words usedn unusual ways or Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace if you are someone who wants to writennovative songs or progressive novels or f you are someone who thinks that you understand what edgy writing s all about you probably do need to at least dip a toe nto the murky waters of Soft Machine What will I do Well I will read the rest of the series and probably over time everything that Burroughs wrote I save his books for a time when I feel I am becoming stale or too comfortable Sometimes I just reach these crustaceous moments when I start to feel like a barnacle attached to the underside of a boat permanently moored n port Human faces tentative flicker Wishing for a Home in and out of focus We wadednto the warm mud water Hair and ape flesh off Dreamsnake in screaming strips Stood naked human bodies covered with phosphorescent green jelly Soft tentative flesh cut with ape wounds Peeling other genitals Fingers and tongues rubbing off the jelly cover Body melting pleasure soundsn the warm mud Till the sun went and a blue wind of silence touched human faces and hair When we came out of the mud we had names If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Burroughs has the power to 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 transcendent reading experience for me The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, it was like nothing I d ever read before It was something uniue and edgy totally off the walls crazy to a point of extreme difficulty but also extreme entertainment The Soft Machines uite similar The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping in these regards butt Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte is also even less focused and experimental It s really just a bunch of words jammed together to form sentences that are hilarious original satirical disgusting and above all absolutely bewilderingn every way maginable I assume this entire thing was written by Burroughs while he was on some heavy drugs which s pretty much the case with most of his work but this one especially There s no plot here although there are scenes and reoccurring characters but they are likely to disappear a time any moment In the middle of a sentence everything can change over the course of a single page excrement can turn nto metal and the phrase rectal mucus may even be used several goddamn times The faint of heart might want to stay away from this one for sure as t does get pretty damn nasty at times which s actually an understatement Seriously this book can get really fucking gross and disturbing as t How to Worry Less about Money is filled with violently sexual and sexually violent content as well. Ories of science Burroughss truly the Hieronymous Bosch of our time In this surreal savage and brilliantly funny seuel to Naked Lunch Burroughs's famous 'cut up' techniue.