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by edward_de_vere
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: Bill as a writing influence
Replies: 10
Views: 9322

Re: Bill as a writing influence

Was WSB ever a spy, explorer, PI (well he did deliver some papers) a demon,time traveler, of a different ethnicity etc etc? No, he let his characters take over those roles, and then he likely learned from them. I think that he was briefly a PI, and he was something of an explorer during his Yage da...
by edward_de_vere
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: Bill as a writing influence
Replies: 10
Views: 9322

Re: Bill as a writing influence

Another thing I always liked (against typical advice) was to: "Always write about things you don't know about." I thought that his advice was to write what you know. In one of the essays in The Adding Machine , WSB says that more writers fail because they try to write about things they know nothing...
by edward_de_vere
Mon May 21, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: William Burroughs and the Biosphere Project
Replies: 0
Views: 150

William Burroughs and the Biosphere Project

I hadn't heard of WSB's interest in and connection to the Biosphere 2 Project until now:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/wil ... 74-1997/#!
by edward_de_vere
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: William Burroughs and the Centipede God
Replies: 0
Views: 301

William Burroughs and the Centipede God

A detailed essay on the importance of centipede imagery and myth in Burroughs' life and work:

https://boingboing.net/2014/08/05/willi ... the-d.html
by edward_de_vere
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: Pre-Recorded Problem? [Discussion]
Replies: 12
Views: 2858

Re: Pre-Recorded Problem? [Discussion]

One, slightly non-academic, thought is that Burroughs fallacy (if we are agreed?) sort of mirrors the entire counter-culture concept. I'm not like everyone else, therefore I am unique and subversive. I agree with this. The whole problem with a counter-culture as a mass movement is that it's self-de...
by edward_de_vere
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Burroughsian
Topic: Mayan Codices
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Mayan Codices

I don't know the specific books that WSB studied, but he befriended Robert Barlow, an archaeologist and anthropologist with expertise on the Maya. Barlow was quite interesting in his own right - as a teenager, he was a pen-pal of H.P. Lovecraft.
by edward_de_vere
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Burroughsian
Topic: Protein linked to memory resembles virus capsid
Replies: 0
Views: 633

Protein linked to memory resembles virus capsid

Yet another study vindicating Burroughs' famous line about "humanity being tainted by viral origins"

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/our-me ... ntists-say
by edward_de_vere
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: Grove vs Pengiun vs ... ?
Replies: 1
Views: 658

Re: Grove vs Pengiun vs ... ?

I've read on this forum that the Penguin editions tend to be printed on very thin paper (somebody even mentioned fearing to tear the cover). Is that true also of the 2014 versions of the cut-up trilogy? Yes, I've found that Grove paperbacks are higher quality than Penguin Books paperbacks (not just...
by edward_de_vere
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Burroughsian
Topic: Transplant Surgeon Carved Initials in Liver
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Transplant Surgeon Carved Initials in Liver

Another aspiring Dr. Benway. This one thought it would be clever to engrave his name onto 2 livers prior to transplant:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42344180
by edward_de_vere
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Burroughsian
Topic: 12 lbs of metal removed from man's stomach
Replies: 0
Views: 969

12 lbs of metal removed from man's stomach

The man was believed to have had a rare mental disorder. The patient told doctors that he had no idea why he started eating knives but that he "developed a taste for metal" and "loved the way blades tasted." http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/health/surgeons-remove-coins-nails-from-mans-stomach-india/in...
by edward_de_vere
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: Burroughs gets a statue
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

Re: Burroughs gets a statue

Don't think you can separate the personality from the art in Burroughs case. A lot of people don't like either, but I cant imagine many people who like his books but not his personality. Burroughs is one of those writers who is (unfortunately, perhaps) probably more famous for his persona and biogr...
by edward_de_vere
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: William Burroughs as Sex Ed Teacher (Hilarious)
Replies: 0
Views: 916

William Burroughs as Sex Ed Teacher (Hilarious)

http://www.fractiousfiction.com/the_ticket_that_exploded.html We begin each class session by group repetition of Mr. Burroughs' definitions of terms. To whit, his astute descriptions of the essence of sexual union. These are recited by teacher and students in the form of questions and answers. TEAC...
by edward_de_vere
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: J. Wain's Review of Naked Lunch and Henry Miller
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

Re: J. Wain's Review of Naked Lunch and Henry Miller

Wasn't Miller homophobic.....or is the jury still out? Perhaps he just didn't see any advantage in hanging out with 'the Beats'. Miller certainly had his own circle of literary lickspittles and hangers-on (Anais Nin, etc), so the second part of your statement is probably true. Why compete for group...
by edward_de_vere
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Burroughs Discussion
Topic: J. Wain's Review of Naked Lunch and Henry Miller
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

J. Wain's Review of Naked Lunch and Henry Miller

One of the more famously negative reviews of Naked Lunch in the early 60's came from British "angry young man" writer Jon Wain (misspelled "Wayne" in this printing). https://newrepublic.com/article/116474/great-burroughs-affair Although I obviously disagree with his completely negative assessment of...