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Naked Lunch was banned, castigated, and recognized as a work of genius on its first publication in 1959, and fifty years later it has lost nothing of its power to astonish, shock, and inspire. A lacerating satire, an exorcism of demons, a grotesque cabinet of horrors, it is the Black Book of the Beat Generation, the forerunner of the psychedelic counterculture, and a proge ...more
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Published June 12th 2009 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published May 14th 2009)
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Cody Blaine
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book by way of fellow poet and friend, RB Morris, who is a contributing writer in this volume. I found each perspective so engaging that I later went back to Naked Lunch, and found new things to like about it. Highly recommended to any fan of Burroughs, or any student seeking insight on the text.
Michael
200615: ... you have to like burroughs, like naked lunch, think it some kind of masterpiece- this book encourages me to read it again- to get this dossier. not exactly review, critique, given literary theory-thick deconstruction. as collection, some essays are great, some less, and in many ways this is given to being any social document, postmodern text, as read in many other cultures, places, eras, from germany to south africa to paris to lawrence, kansas... interesting, indulgent, jolting, fun ...more
Ben Lovegrove
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Gail-Nina Anderson's essay considers Naked Lunch as modern gothic
Emily Bragg
always weird to review books of essays. some were delightful, some taught me things, and some were thoroughly pretentious. certainly interesting!
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