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The Adding Machine by William S. Burroughs
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really liked it
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Ah, yes, "The Job", "The Third Mind", &, then, this. Probably my least favorite of the 3 but still great. If it were written by anyone else it wd've automatically gotten 5 stars, but this is Burroughs & in comparison to some others of his own it's a tad less exciting. Just a tad, mind you, just a tad. Perspicacious.

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March 6, 2008 – Shelved
March 6, 2008 – Shelved as: essays

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Ben I figured you'd run through your Burroughs collection eventually. (I've enjoyed every commentary, by the way. And you mentioned one or two books I wasn't aware of.) I recognize his brilliance, but I find his novels very frustrating and difficult to read. That's not even a bad thing, I'll admit. But the cut up novels in particular, the long long passages of jumbled reiterations, leading nowhere, I find myself skipping pages to get to some of his more conventional storytelling. Inside of those novels, there are shorter passages of mythical storytelling which I think are amazing; I sometimes wonder about his editing.

As an essayist, a non-fiction writer, I LOVE his work. He's wry, paranoid (sometimes), unpredictable. So a book such as this one means much more to me than "The Ticket That Exploded", despite being sometimes blown away by that one. I don't have copies of "The Job" or "The Third Mind" to compare this to.

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