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Junky by William S. Burroughs
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Jul 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Recommended for: lovers of kurt cobain

An insight into the OG hipster himself. It's not easy to pull off both growing into old age and hipsterdom but William S. Burroughs managed to do it and if this book is a rare look into his life one can learn that not letting your feathers get ruffled is BIG on keeping shit cool. The whole writing style is calm, cool and collected, even when things are not going your way. He parties, meets all kinds of people, some of the low variety, and there's a neat and real glimpse into a 1950s world of hard drugs. Throw in New Orleans and Mexico and you've got a deal.

There's even a nifty glossary in back:

Shake/Rumble... Search by the law
"It should be understood that the meanings of these words are subject to rapid changes, and that a word that has one hip meaning one year may have another the next. The hip sensibility mutates."

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