Bradley the Buyer

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Name a Burroughs book: Naked Lunch

Bradley the Buyer

Post by Alexander » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:45 am

Hi everyone!

My name is Alex and I'm from Germany. I'd have questions regarding a character in "Naked Lunch."

The character I'm referring to is "Bradley the Buyer". Note the following extract:

'Selling is more of a habit than using,' Lupita says. Nonusing pushers have a contact habit, and that's one you can't kick. Agents get it too. Take Bradley the Buyer. Best narcotics agent in the industry. Anyone would make him for junk. (Note: Make in the sense of dig or size up.) I mean he can walk up to a pusher and score direct. He is so anonymous, grey and spectral the pusher don't remember him afterwards. So he twists one after the other ...

Well the Buyer comes to look more and more like a junky. He can't drink. He can't get it up. His teeth fall out. (Like pregnant women lose their teeth feeding the stranger, junkies lose their yellow fangs feeding the monkey.) He is all the time sucking on a candy bar. Baby Ruths he digs special. 'It really disgust you to see the Buyer sucking on them candy bars so nasty,' a cop says.

The Buyer takes on an ominous grey-green color. Fact is his body is making its own junk or equivalent. The Buyer has a steady connection. A Man Within you might say. Or so he thinks. 'I'll just set in my room,' he says. 'Fuck 'em all. Squares on both sides. I am the only complete man in the industry.'

But a yen comes on him like a great black wind through the bones. So the Buyer hunts up a young junky and gives him a paper to make it.

'Oh all right,' the boy says. 'So what you want to make?'

'I just want to rub against you and get fixed.'

'Ugh ... Well all right ... But why cancha just get physical like a human?'

Later the boy is sitting in a Waldorf with two colleagues dunking pound cake. 'Most distasteful thing I ever stand still for,' he says. 'Some way he make himself all soft like a blob of jelly and surround me so nasty. Then he gets well all over like with green slime. So I guess he come to some kinda awful climax ... I come near wigging with that green stuff all over me, and he stink like a old rotten cantaloupe.'

'Well it's still an easy score.'

The boy signed resignedly; 'Yes, I guess you can get used to anything. I've got a meet with him again tomorrow.'

Questions:

Why is Bradley called the "Buyer"? Is he "buying" trust to get information from the pushers etc.

What's about his contact habit; why does he want to rub against junkies? Is he having sex with them?

What does the green stuff he is covering the junkie with symbolize? The junkie finds this experience most disgusting but wants to meet Bradley again. Why? Is he also depending in him in some way?

Thanks for insights!

Kind regards

Alex

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Name a Burroughs book: Junkie

Re: Bradley the Buyer

Post by RCWG » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:55 am

Hi Alex,

Heres my 2 cents worth:

Why is Bradley called the "Buyer"? Is he "buying" trust to get information from the pushers etc.

Bradley is an undercover narcotics agent. He tries to find dealers to buy heroin from. At first this would have been to arrest the dealers.

What's about his contact habit; why does he want to rub against junkies? Is he having sex with them?

By close contact with junkies and pushers he develops a habit himself. At first his own body makes its own junk ( a man within, i.e. like having a dealer inside yourself) But his habit becomes so big that he cant fix himself the normal way. So Burroughs has made up this way where Bradley envelopes himself around a junkie and by some horrible process drains the junk from the junkie into himself. This is not sexual.
Later in Naked Lunch there is a scene with Burroughs recharging the President who is a junky. Thier erect penises touch, but Burroughs insists this is not a sexual practice.


What does the green stuff he is covering the junkie with symbolize? The junkie finds this experience most disgusting but wants to meet Bradley again. Why? Is he also depending in him in some way?

I dont think the green slime symbolises anything. Its just part of the process of sucking the junk out. The boy thinks it Bradley climaxing, which it probably is.
The junkie is a male prostitue who would normally sell his body for money to buy junk.
Bradley is different in that instead of money he gives the boy junk. Then he gets close with the boy to get the junk into himself. No matter how disgusting he finds it, the boy would probably meet him every day just to get junk from him.


This is how i read this passage. Hope it helps
cheers

Alexander
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Name a Burroughs book: Naked Lunch

Re: Bradley the Buyer

Post by Alexander » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:59 am

Thnx! That's helping.

Cheers, Alex

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