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The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs
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it was amazing
bookshelves: literature, sf

This was the 1st William S. Burroughs novel I read. The obssessive reiterations of hanging boys ejaculating was disturbing & sickening to me but the overall shockingness of the bk had a profound effect on me. I got the novel b/c its title was the same name as one of my favorite music groups. I hadn't realized that they'd taken their name from this bk. I'd never read anything even remotely like this. Just its formal power was a great jump-start for my nascent experimental writing. According to my notes, I've read this TWICE - a rare distinction for a bk to receive from me.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
September 1, 1973 – Finished Reading
March 4, 2008 – Shelved
March 4, 2008 – Shelved as: literature
March 4, 2008 – Shelved as: sf

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