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Kentucky Ham

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 15th 1988 by Overlook Books (first published 1973)
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Shelves: biography
Way better than anything his old man wrote...
Jun 13, 2016 Albert rated it liked it
Not as fun as SPEED, but the subject matter is more about getting off drugs than on, so naturally the action suffers a bit. Writing and insights are spot on, as WSBJR is sensitive and intuitive as well as a keen observer. All great qualities for a writer. It struck me as an odd coincidence that I immediately noticed the same poetic image that his father used as the title of his afterward, which made me feel connected to the dead junky queer, but then I realized, that image "the trees showed the ...more
I don't mean to give this bk or its predecessor, "Speed", short shrift. I just read it 25 yrs or so ago & mainly just remember its being reportage on drug use, ending up in the Lexington dry-out prison, that sort of thing. Glimpsing thru it now, the writing seems intelligent & coherent. But, alas, that's about all I have to say about it.
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William S. Burroughs III, a.k.a. William S. Burroughs Jr. or Billy Burroughs, was the son of author William S. Burroughs and Joan Vollmer.
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