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Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' by David S. Wills
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An interesting book that highlights some aspects of WSB that perhaps the mainstream readership wasn't aware of, though anyone reading his books with the most basic understanding of Scientology can easily see the influence. In some ways it's rather sad that someone of WSB's status and intelligence got taken in by that cult of shysters, but it is also good to see that he managed to actually make his money back through his writing and using some of those weird concepts in that process.

Even with the Scientology tinge, this is a somewhat adequate biography of one of the last great American writers. Many of the interview quotes are very raw and emotional, coming from a man who had a lot of problems, but still managed to make a major mark on our culture. Excellent read!
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Reading Progress

December 31, 2014 – Started Reading
December 31, 2014 – Shelved
December 31, 2014 –
11.0%
January 1, 2015 –
20.0%
January 5, 2015 –
37.0%
January 12, 2015 –
61.0% "It's frightening to think that even WSB was taken in by Hubbard and his ilk, even momentarily."
January 14, 2015 – Shelved as: read-in-2015
January 14, 2015 – Finished Reading

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