Should I read Burroughs?

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  • 17 May 2017 at 11:37 pm #9451

    Richard L.
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    Hey, the other people here must know much more about Burroughs than I do. Pay attention to them, not me.

    McCarthy scholar Peter Joseph is an author, poet, and movie maker (CORMAC MCCARTHY’S HOUSE) who hangs around Rick Wallach a lot, and he has even been known to visit these premises. I believe that his picture and more about him is here, if these links work: I was, uh, joking when I said that he is Burroughs incarnate. It seems he prefers that other beat, Ginsberg, or at least “Howl.”

    http://trackofthecat.blogspot.jp/search?updated-max=2011-06-29T10:42:00-04:00&max-results=7&start=196&by-date=false

    http://www.cormacmccarthy.com/2015/01/05/peter-josyph-presents-cormac-mccarthys-house-at-the-wittliff-collections/

    http://twp.utep.edu/sacredvio.php


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    08 Jul 2017 at 4:32 pm #9677

    Richard L.
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    If you like Burroughs, check out La Farge’s THE NIGHT OCEAN. According to the author, Burroughs was a student of Robert Barlow, Lovecraft’s co-author and perhaps lover as well.


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    10 Jul 2017 at 12:19 pm #9688

    mannym
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    If I can chime in with my two cents, I believe that anyone looking to try Burroughs for the first time should start at the beginning with his first book, Junkie. It is brilliant in a way that isn’t properly recognized, in my opinion. A new dimension of it really opens up when you consider that it was originally published as two books in one (“sixty-nined”) with another book called “Narcotic Agent” written by a real narcotics agent named Maurice Helbrant. “Narcotic Agent” is a nasty and poorly written piece by a so-called “good guy” who uses the law to ruin peoples’ lives. It’s not a good book by any means, but it makes Burroughs and his junkie criminal cohorts into the good guys.


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    25 Jul 2017 at 11:45 am #9741

    mother_he
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    Richard L.: If you like Burroughs, check out La Farge’s THE NIGHT OCEAN.

    Thanks for the rec, this looks great.
    I read some Lovecraft for the first time only recently (embarrassing) and was surprised at how much his style seems to have contributed to OUTER DARK’s DNA.


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    20 Dec 2017 at 10:14 am #9992

    I know I’m late to the conversation but I thought Junky was great. I’d recommend it.


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