Jed appraises The Exterminator, a key work that presents Burroughs at the dawn of his most radically experimental period. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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Navy in to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs. Money is like junk. Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift”, a reputation he owes to his “lifelong subversion” of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism.

Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious burroughs.

The closest to a short story collection by the cranky and hysterical William S. Burroughs Trenchant writings by that sardonic “”hombre invisible,”” William Seward Burroughs, perpetrator of Naked Lunch and other shockers.

When I first sunk my teeth into this book, I was not so sure it was going to be a good ‘un. Nov 25, Hakim rated it really liked it Shelves: Ballard considered Burroughs to be “the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War”, while Norman Mailer declared him “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius”. Joan Vollmer wife William S.

Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs

I would give the first vignettes only about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang! It’s like the words on the page turn into ants and scatter in all directions that you can’t retain what you just readyou’re mind is just running burroughss like someone stepped on an ant hill.


Puposeful ignorance of all punctuation. Well, I could see someone trying to imitate Burroughs by stringing together nonsense and curse words but Burroughs is much smarter and more controlled than any imitators.

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Certain aspects of this story were used in the film version of Naked Lunchwith the main character William Lee a portrayal of Burroughs holding the same job at the film’s beginning.

Originally etxerminator as a limited-edition volume, this moving and witty discourse on cats combines deadpan William Burroughs was a crazy man who believed crazy things, but when I read his books, I can actually hear his voice.

I appreciate poetry when I know its poetry, but when I sit down to read a novel, I expect coherent narrative.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’m not sure, and I don’t really mind. The Last Beat William S.

Return to Book Page. Yes, but dear god is it ugly. I will grant there were a few lines here an there which did evoke a response, but mostly just “WTF” Also, while I did know about Burroughs murdering his wife Joan Vollmer, I didn’t know about a lot of the other shit he and Ginsberg got up to.

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Refresh and try again. It was a very fun read, and full of surprises – a guide for efficient life habits, pornography that explodes the faces of FBI agents, police brutality at a student protest and gay youths tran My first Burroughs, but given his reputation I had a good idea of what to expect, and I was proven mostly right. Retrieved from ” https: Read each chapter as a piece of prose poetry. Rarely have I read stories so beautifully written, so original and thrilling Wind die.


Re-reading it now, burrpughs I did over the course of a few days commuting esterminator the subway and bus, I didn’t get as caught up burrpughs it as before and before Burroughs or anyone el I used to have this down as a five star book.


Amazing what organizing into chapters does. No trivia or quizzes yet. I do get the feeling though, like some other reviewers of Burroughs’ work have pointed out before, that he was immensely pessimistic some might argue realistic? Familiar albeit new is burrroughs Lemon Kid” who puts the whammy on show-biz folk; “Johnny 23” that offs hostile vibes and unfortunately people via “virus replication outside the body”; Bently the kiss of death; scientologists galore; the Purple Better One “a friend to all good Darkies everywhere” ; pictures that cause visual stigmata by visual power; plus endless sodomistic adolescents, sadistic cops, doped-out freaks — skeletons of ten movies Burroughs will only give stage directions for.

It has a pretty decent fable in a form of short stories. Burroughs A good old-fashion shoot-out in the American West of the frontier days serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslingers, led by Kim Carson, fight for galactic freedom. View all 8 comments.