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The Adding Machine by William S. Burroughs
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Sep 26, 08

The adding machine is one of those books I go back to every now and again. It was the first WSB book I read after reading the incredible biography William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible. El Hombre invisible had such an impact on my life that I named my business Los Estudios Invisibles (The Invisible Studios). The adding machine is a great place to start with Burroughs because it is a bit Burroughs "light" in its complexity. Most of the stories give you the sense of his style, without confusing the hell out of you with cutups, transcending viruses, metafictional prose, etc. He creates a world that is always right below big city street level, below most authoritative radar, and in between the current of everyday life.
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