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With William Burroughs: A Report From The Bunker

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Burroughs, the eccentric, brilliant artist who burned the bridge with logic and wrote the classic Naked Lunch, has a court recorder in Victor Bockris. Bockris has collected into a cogent whole the man's most brilliant moments of conversation, thinking, and interview repartee. This fascinating material, gleaned from the fertile time at Burroughs's New York headquarters, the ...more
hardback, 250 pages
Published by Grove/Atlantic
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Ok, I hope Bockris never reads this review b/c I don't really want to hurt anyone's feelings but I just HAVE TO SAY THIS: by this point in Burroughs' career every moronic parasite in the world was trying to attach theirself to him & this bk exemplifies that. Bokcris cd take the most brilliant subject & trivialize it thru gossip & name-dropping 'til you'd feel like puking. All of Bockris' bks shd just be called "If I Drop These Names Will I Be Famous TOO?!" I mean, why not just get to ...more
Chris
Unlike the interview collection I’ve reviewed on here, where Burroughs comes off erudite and extremely thoughtful, this book comes off as chatty and superficial. This is mostly because of its format, which is a sprawling collection of informal taped chats with celebs around lunch/ dinner parties. Often, the participants enjoy helpings of booze and drugs which do nothing to help the intellect and clarity of exchanges.
The nadir of this book's sometimes-unfortunate supernatural skew is a discussion
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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 ...more
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