40th out of 41 books — 8 voters
With William Burroughs
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published November 1st 1979)
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Joan Lee: I’m shooting up your bug powder [...:] It’s a very literary high.
Bill Lee: What do you mean it’s a literary high?
Joan Lee: It’s a Kafka high. You feel like a bug.
(Dialogue from David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch).
“The only evidence that this conversation ever took place here is the recording, and if those recordings were altered, then that would be the only record.” (William Burroughs).
“Certainly of the Beat Generation, Bill was the one that no one...more
Oct 29, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Burroughs fans
Every bit as entertaining as any novel by Uncle Bill, Victor Bockris leaves no stone unturned in his conversations with Burroughs. It's all here: the accidental death of his wife ("that gun was a piece of junk"), his cut-up writing methods, special consultant to beatnik movie "Heartbeat". He dishes the dirt on his fellow writers too: Genet, Robbe-Grillet, Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, etc. There's a killer anecdote on every page, for real. Highly recommended.