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BROTHER MENTIONED HIS NAME IN THEmentioned his name in the breath as Ginsberg Now I fucking hate Howl r at least I did when I had to read the book in Debra Bruce s godawful poetry class at Northeastern Illinois University in The Dawn of Slavic An Introduction to Slavic Philology Yale Language Series oh I m going to say 1991 And the heroin guys I knew were dark and scary so I wasn t attracted to shooting up Ministry had gone all loud by then and everybody in Chicago knew Jorgensen was a prick I had nothing against short When I first sunk my teeth into this book I was not so sure it was going to be a good un The first few vignettes short stories in Exterminator are not that great actually but the book gets better and better and betterI would give the first 5 10 vignettesnly about 3 stars Goldenrod on average but then somewhere along the line bang we are suddenly graced with the brilliancef WSB s presence and his great sardonic humour is as acerbic witty and brilliant as ever here I do get the feeling though like some Looking at LIFE Magazine other reviewersf Burroughs work have pointed More Than a Woman out before that he was immensely pessimistic some might argue realistic about mankind to the pointf becoming le misanthrope redolent f MoliereThere are also early signs even here during a relatively early work f Burroughs Gaudi Big HC Eng of his latter day environmentalism and humanism which is celebrated in novels such as Ghostf Chance and The Cat Inside two books incidentally which I read just last month and hence still fresh in my mind There are moments when Burroughs comes Across As Abrasively Repetitive as abrasively repetitive as the nigger hating sheriff character who seems to make an appearance in almost every Burroughs novel I felt like saying La lumière urbaine: Éclairer les espaces public (Collection Techniques de conception) (French Edition) ok William we get the point While I was reading Exterminator I caught myself wondering whether some Americans might not beffended by the grotesue picaresue send ups A Daring Life of American society which Burroughs creates in these short stories Or do they see his sardonic humour as a grave warningf impending danger And to give credit where it is due Burroughs is uite right and uite justified in sounding the alarm If anything times have gotten worse Remember that back in 1962 at the height Granada Television--The First Generation of Cuban missile crisis we werenly moments away from possible nuclear disasterOne Blood Honey of the funniest moments in this book is when a Burroughs character says that we need to watch the commiesr else A Scent of New Mown Hay our children will all be speaking Chinese At the time this was an accurate portrayalf American political paranoia and hysteria These days I hate to say it might be slightly real well for me at least as I sit in an The Ancient World The Asheville Reader office in Tokyo and write this In summary somef the short stories in here present nothing all that new that we haven t seen before from Burroughs but there are a few real diamonds to be found here Manageable entertaining Burroughs hallucinations Amazing what How To Formulate Compound Industrial Detergents organizing into chapters does My first Burroughs but given his reputation I had a good ideaf what to expect and I was proven mostly right Frenetic jumbled paranoid and gleefully profane Apparently an experimental novel though it reads like a collection f vaguely connected short stories with a vague sen. Fu Manchu Science fantasy wars racism corporate capitalism drug addiction and various medical and psychiatric horrors al. ,
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"is William S Burroughs imagination memories and mind is a truly uniue experience Rarely have I read stories so beautifully written "William S Burroughs imagination memories and mind is a truly uniue experience Rarely have I read stories so beautifully written riginal and thrilling Wind die You die We die Twilight s Last Gleamings The Coming The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton (1910) of the Purple Better One Seeing Red They Do Not Always Remember so weird The Lemon Kid Short Trip Home Davy Jones The Perfect Servant Reddies so thought provoking Astronaut s return Johnny 23 The Disciplinef DE Friends The End and so moving The Priest They Called Him What fascinates me most is the way the author makes this experimental novel autobiographical I would not recommend this book to anyone No Way to Treat a First Lady only to the adventurous reader with a particular bent no pun intended for the weird and the experimental I liked this book much than Burrough s Naked Lunch Firstly it s not written in that airtihgt vocabuLary wich is understandablenly to author and a few drug addicts It has a pretty decent fable in a form f short stories We can see as we progress through the book that the characters are pretty much the same although with different names But what I liked The Most About The most about the is the way Burroughs speaks about humanity and revolution He says so much with such simple terms its like his language is guided by the principle less is with many naturalistic poetic images that can t leave anyone resigned Reader is at least shocked his apocalyptic images f a man decomposing into its animalistic nature Revolution is welcomed as a whole new concept removed from political influences and watched through the prism Η αγάπη φόβο φέρνει of a way people act in desperation Short stories seemingly unrelated but with same motives put in a different time and space On Habitually reviewers will dismiss a piecef art as meaningless when in effect that piece is beholden to enough Sacred Apples overlapping meanings that they cancel eachotherut Burroughs writings are a prime example Exterminator especially Written with rigorous experimentation and curtly spliced narrative threads it dismantles the novel reducing it to a scatterbrained collage The Vanishing Statue: Nancy Drew Diaries, Book 20 of short stories poetry cut ups and comic musings which commonly interrupt themselves and spin new fabrics unbound by physics logicr morality Many chapters read as prototypical Burroughs jargon the jargon Becoming a Leader of Impact: How Your Influence Can Change the World of a veritable genius compensating for their absencef tradition with the sex mad homoerotic fanaticism and intoxicated hallucinogenic Küreselleşme sürecinde Türkiye ekonomisi: Bölüşüm, birikim ve büyüme once a junky always a junky reveries we ve come to expect from the man The pervasive sexuality is predictable to those acclimated to the Burroughsverse but there s usually no knowing what the guy s gonna throw at you next especially when he s working with the loosest format imaginable Here is Burroughs free form improvisational corner homef perverse poetics and alien associations Enter at your Once A Stranger own risk By the time I hit 21 my impressionsf William S Burroughs included1 Al Jorgensen was a fan I remember a picture Deste Katinanin Ask Fali of the two together2 Heroin3 Short guy with a hat4 Burroughs killing his wife while trying to shoot an appleff her headI m not sure from where these impressions emerged Ok 1 can probably be attributed to a picture Arta vindecarii invatata de la Valeriu Popa on the Wax Tr. Conspirators plot to explode a train carrying nerve gas A perfect servant suddenly reveals himself to be the insidious Dr. Sef progression It was a very fun read and full Adomania 2 : Cahier d'activits CD audio Parcours digital: A1.2 / A2.1 of surprises a guide for efficient life habits pornography that explodes the facesf FBI agents police brutality at a student protest and gay youths transforming into wolves Also a plot about an exterminator and heroin I think I m not sure and I don t really mind It was good The closest to a short story collection by the cranky and hysterical William S Burroughs And the fact that he Prescription for Nutritional Healing: the A to Z Guide to Supplements: Everything You Need to Know About Selecting and Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and More once had a job as rat and insect Exterminator is something like crazy Who in their right mind would allow this guy into their home Excellent collectionf short stories showcasing some f
"The Author S Best Work "author s best work favorites Wind Die You die We die And My All Time Favorite T I Used To Have my all time favorite T I used to have down as a five star book I went to reread it and it was a lot worse than I remembered Part f this is just context in than Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting one way the first time I read Exterminator was basically all inne go late at night in a tent while camping I read it in a non literal fever gulping the whole thing down Re reading it now which I did Together over the coursef a few days commuting The Essential Turing: Seminal Writings in Computing, Logic, Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Life plus The Secrets of Enigma on the subway and bus I didn t get as caught up in it as before and before Burroughsr anyone else insinuates that I m in the grip Սեվանի Ափին of Control nowr something I should add that I was much so back then anyway both in terms Knightsbridge: The Art of Keith Parkinson of what I did for work and mywn personal politicsunderstanding Ironclads of the Civil War of the world Somehow that first time through my brain was able to just shove aside and ignore my abhorrencef all the anti Semitism misogyny rape child sexualization it s not like I enjoyed the repeated phrase young boys need it special that first time through but how did I not just spit La gloire de mon pre out the whole book racism and son throughout I guess maybe n some level I bought into the bullshit Burroughs spreads here about subversive art which honestly even if some f this was at the time it s possible to The Viscount's Duel outlive your context you know but I m sure even then I was aware there s a big gap between censorship and thinking it s fine and dandy to normalize fucking kids Also while I did know about Burroughs murdering his wife Joan Vollmer I didn t know about a lotf the Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation other shit he and Ginsberg got up to And yes I think that is a valid partf how I feel about this and Burroughs ther books another writer s Burroughs references actually prompted me to write about it recently and I stand by what I say thereSo why two stars Well the parts that aren t horrifying for the wrong reasons here are really fucking good You can t give zero stars here and Exterminator is legitimately worthwhile than "books that are just as awful but poorly written The bit n the discipline f "that are just as awful but poorly written The bit n the discipline Berserk: l'encre des tnbres of begged to be expandedn the language is L'existentialisme est un humanisme often startlingly vivid even in the shitty sectionsf course and I was still stopped in my tracks by Do you begin to see there is no face there in the tarnished mirror Nobody s saying Burroughs had to be a saint Black Americans in the Revolutionary EraWomen's Rights Emerges Within the Anti-Slavery Movement ornly write about nice things to write good books r be worth reading it s actually a pretty fucking low bar for him to meet And he doesn t come remotely close to meeting it I m not reluctantly pretending I dislike it for external reasons it s genuinely authentically cringe inducing and awful. L play their parts in this mosaiclike experimental novel Here is William S Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious bes.
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