The Adding Machine

The Adding Machine

Selected Essays

eBook - 2013
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Acclaimed by Norman Mailer more than twenty years ago as "possibly the only American writer of genius," William S. Burroughs has produced a body of work unique in our time. In these scintillating essays, he writes wittily and wisely about himself, his interests, his influences, his friends and foes. He offers candid and not always flattering assessments of such diverse writers as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Proust. He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seems intent on leading us, whether into outer or inner space. He reviews his reviewers, explains his famous "cut-up" method, and discusses the role coincidence has played in his life and work. As satirist and parodist, William Burroughs has no peer, as these varied works, written over three decades, amply reveal.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9780802192974
0802192971
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Alternative Title: Selected essays

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Nov 19, 2013

Interest seems to have grown in Burroughs since his death, as there's been at least one documentary and two feature films in which he's a character (currently "Kill Your Darlings"). "Naked Lunch" remains a seminal underground text, but I still don't think people appreciate how radical and influential Burroughs was. He's one of the rare writers whose influences hops across the border and into film (Cronenberg) and music (Joy Division, Steely Dan). This is a witty, opinionated and iconoclastic collection of essays about his fellows writers (Hemingway, Kerouac, Fitzgerald, Beckett) and a wide range of topics, including psychology, space, the intelligence community, cut-ups, literary criticism and Wilhelm Reich.

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