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"Born in 1947 to the writer William S. Burroughs and his common-law wife Joan Vollmer, William S. Burroughs, Jr. (known as Billy Jr.), would later describe himself as "your cursed-from-birth son." Cursed From Birth is a testimony to the difficulty of living in the turbulent wake of a famous father, his famous and troubled friends, and a lucid, shattering depiction of a lif ...more
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Published June 20th 2015 by Dirty Works (first published May 1st 2002)
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Kerstin
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a rather discombobulated, jumpy cobbling of the late Burroughs Jr's final writings, snippets of interviews with his family and associates (including Burroughs Sr.) and his personal correspondence. It is absolutely beautiful. I waited for years for this to be released. I even e-mailed the publisher every time the date was pushed back, all petulant and whiney and sad. It's surprisingly impossible to find anything, writings or otherwise, about Billy Burroughs, so it was like filet mignon af ...more
Nihil
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most devastating, passionate and depressing books i have ever read. It's full, from beginning to end, with absolutely devastating documentations of Billy's life. From shooting up 2 day old bloodied heroin and getting deadly sick on a train because of it, to passing out completely intoxicated in the back alley's of tucson. These sparse journal entires, memoirs and letters give you only a peak into the hard life of William S. Burroughs Jr. From shooting his best friend in the th ...more
David Corvine
There is an element of "Poor me, poor me.... pour me another drink." Anyone familiar with alcoholics and drug addiction will recognise this refrain. Holds together fairly well despite its composite nature. Not sure how much interest it would be to those not already a student of the life and work of WSB (his father, that is). ...more
Jesús Santana
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
En lo que se conoció como la Generación Beat siempre resaltan los nombres que fueron mas emblemáticos dentro de ella por ejemplo William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso y Neal Cassady entre muchos otros pero ¿qué sucedió con los que tuvieron hijos y qué fue de ellos? Jack Kerouac tuvo una única hija de nombre Jan quien con poco éxito se dedicaría a la literatura como su padre, por su parte Neal Cassady tuvo tres hijos de quienes no se supo mucho mas de ellos, pero quien ...more
Anne-Marie
Is she smart, so well-read
Are there books, are there novels by her bed?
And is she the sort that you've always said
Could satisfy your head? -nm

Okay, so you know how when someone you love lends you a book that they love and you, in turn, want to love that book too? So you can be all, "We have the same taste in literature, and our taste is superior." Especially when the book lender is smarter than you are.

I should have loved Cursed from Birth. No one loves a sad junkie tale more than I do. But jus
...more
HeavyReader
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to feel depressed
Shelves: life-stories
WOW! This is a sad book. It is the true story of Billy Burroughs, the son of the more famous William S. Burroughs, Sr. Billy died when he was in his early 30s, meaning he did have a rather short life.

Here's the unhappy part...Billy's dad (a drug addict) accidentally killed Billy's mom (also a drug addict and an alcoholic) when Billy was four. Billy spent the rest of his childhood with his paternal grandparents (a part of his life that actually seems rather happy). As an adult, Billy also becomes
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Jim
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Burroughs Jr. was an intelligent man and a very good writer (I'm looking forward to reading "Speed" and "Kentucky Ham," the two official books he wrote), but his demons, his inner turmoil, destroyed him. Such a tragedy. ...more
Zoe
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love anything by William Burroughs Jr. this is no exception
Rex Hurst
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hybrid novel made from an unfinished work by William S. Burroughs Jr. (originally called Prakiti Junction), interviews with his father, Allen Ginsberg, and various other friends, plus a host of correspondence to and from the author. In it, we get a snapshot of a chronically unhappy person, a serial substance abuser, a slightly successful author, and one who felt himself always in the shadow of his more famous father. That patriarchal figure being the illustrious William Burroughs of Na ...more
Stephen
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dissolute life has its own fascination and this book, culled from William Burroughs Jr.'s journals, letters and contributions from the same from his equally dissolute though far more functional father and other Beat luminaries, is a fascinating look into the one particular dissolute life. From all reports, Burroughs Jr. shared some of his father's literary talent but is ability to harness that was thoroughly destroyed by a lifetime of alcoholism and, based on his own writings, an inability t ...more
Daniel
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A glimpse into the world of legendary Beat Writers — and the sad tragedy of Billy Burroughs, aka “Son of Naked Lunch.” Billy never has a real shot at mental health. The tragedy of his mother’s accidental death at the hands of his father, a lifetime of bad influences, his alcoholism which resulted in a liver replacement, and his ultimate demise. But the book does give a prolonged glimpse into the development of a fine writer, and into Billy’s relationships within the Beat community.
Reza Mills
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was sad, really sad. The poor guy never stood a chance, doomed from birth you could say.
Víctor García
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Una novela que te hace sentir incómodo. Reconozco que he pasado la segunda mitad del libro deseando que el autor muriese cuanto antes, siendo tanto sufrimiento y desgracia bastante inaguantables.
Guy Salvidge
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this a decade ago. It's very sad. Jr must have been able the most self-destructive writer who ever lived. ...more
Richard
Born in 1947 to the writer William S. Burroughs and his common-law wife Joan Vollmer, William S. Burroughs, Jr. (known as Billy Jr.), would later describe himself as "your cursed-from-birth son." Cursed From Birth is a testimony to the difficulty of living in the turbulent wake of a famous father his famous and troubled friends, and a lucid, shattering depiction of a life going down the tubes.
Raised by his paternal grandparents in Palm Beach after his mother was killed by his father in a shootin
...more
Charles
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an emotionally devastating book. I knew it was going to be bleak but it turned out to be far more depressing than I had thought. Stitched together from bits and pieces of writing left behind, Cursed From Birth chronicles the spiral of self destruction that lead to Billy Burroughs liver transplant and eventually his death. It is structured not unlike a documentary film, pieces of Billy's writing are interspersed with quotes about him from various people in his life, as well as letters to ...more
Zack
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy Burroughs had contracted to write a third novel after Speed and Kentucky Ham called Prakriti Junction (meaning of title unknown to me), but his death from liver transplant failure due to heavy drinking came too suddenly for him to fulfill it. Cursed From Birth is his notes on that unfinished project spliced together with his post-mortem after-effects, plus commentary from witnesses of his tragic decline. The result is starkly reflective of his mental deterioration towards the end. It's kin ...more
Angela Smith
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book made my heart ache for the son of the notorious Bill Buroughs. This diary of his tumultous upbringing lets the reader empathize with him while making his father seem even seedier than he portrayed himself in Junky and Queer. I wonder how anyone could avoid addiction when born to two addicts, one of which is shot to death by the other.
Trevor Craig
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of William S. Burroughs, I felt I had to read anything written by his son. This book did not disappoint. It gives a great look into the lives of Burroughs family and friends. Definitely recommended for any fans of the beat generation.
Chad Forsythe
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredibly sad book.
anon
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
creative engagement w/ it here: http://www.5cense.com/14/359.htm ...more
tamar
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not as good as i thought it would be. compiled from notes after his death.
Dan Luby
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abnormally morbid life. He died in my hometown and his heart therefore belongs to me.
ds white
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of the great boks, for those who might be confused this is about Billy Burroughs not his junky famous father. compiled by the preternatural David Ohle
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