The Adding Machine: Selected Essays



❰Download❯ ➽ The Adding Machine: Selected Essays Author William S. Burroughs – E17streets4all.co.uk Acclaimed by Norman Mailer 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 wr Acclaimed by Norman Mailer than Machine: Selected eBook ↠ 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 The Adding PDF or 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 a satirist and parodist, William Burroughs has no peer, as these varied works, written over three decades, amply reveal.The Adding Machine: Selected Essays

William Seward Burroughs II, also Machine: Selected eBook ↠ known by his pen name William Lee February , August , was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the th century His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature Burroughs wrote novels and novellas, six collections of The Adding PDF or short stories and four collections of essays Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in filmsHe was born to a wealthy family in St Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence He left home in to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology Adding Machine: Selected MOBI ð as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and US 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 In while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat GenerationMuch of Burroughs s work is semi autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South Americanand Tangier in Morocco Finding success with his confessional first novel, Junkie , Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch , a controversy fraught work that underwent a court case under the US sodomy laws With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy In , Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France 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 J G 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 geniusBurroughs had one child, William Seward Burroughs III , with his second wife Joan Vollmer Vollmer died in in Mexico City Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer s death, an event that deeply permeated all of his writings Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in .

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  1. says:

    It is tempting to say that Burroughs s writing represents either the urgent dispatches from a social observer warning of impending danger or the ravings of a paranoid crank However, as Burroughs himself points out, either or thinking is reductive, and so if one wants to get at the complexity of his work, it s preferable to take a both and approach, and indeed, while some of Burroughs s ideas seem pretty loopy, others are right on that s right, I started out with a straw man Mea culpa.Altho It is tempting to say that Burroughs s writing represents either the urgent dispatches from a social observer warning of impending danger or the ravings of a paranoid crank However, as Burroughs himself points out, either or thinking is reductive, and so if one wants to get at the complexity of his work, it s preferable to take a both and approach, and indeed, while some of Burroughs s ideas seem pretty loopy, others are right on that s right, I started out with a straw man Mea culpa.Although associated with them, as author and individual Burroughs is not really like other members of the Beat Generation I ve seen a photograph of him with a couple of the Beats perhaps it was Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and they re at the beach, and while the others are wearing trunks and T shirts, Burroughs conspicuously wears a formal suit It s like those pictures of the Rolling Stones in which everyone has long hair and mod clothes except for Charlie Watts, who lookslike a banker than a drummer in a rock and roll band.Burroughs has been called the godfather of punk Some have suggested that his literary experiments with the cut up technique can be read as early experiments in hypertext He s best known for Naked Lunch, a novel about heroin and sex that somewhere got spliced with science fiction dystopism and mutated into one of the central texts of social satire of the last fifty years yes, read it So, The Adding Machine It s a book of essays on a number of subjects There s literary criticism, as Burroughs discusses the work of writers like Ernest Hemingway, Samuel Beckettand Marcel Proust There s philosophy both aesthetic Burroughs talks about the creative process and ethical Burroughs comments on the Johnsons he s known, and contrasts them to the s he s met.Yet although the work is a collection of essays, it s not necessarily non fiction One essay starts out as a fictional dialogue between two film producers, at some point becoming a non fictional discussion about a real drug that could help junkies kick their addiction to heroin, but that is unavailable in America because the FDA has prohibited it Another begins as literary criticism, with Burroughs commenting on The Great Gatsby it ends, however, as fiction, with Burroughs suggesting an alternate ending for F Scott Fitzgerald s novel, and reproducing a passage of experimental writing in which he cuts up The Great Gatsby with other texts In addition to these there are the speculative essays, in which Burroughs writes about subjects like coincidence or orgone accumulation the fictionality or non fictionality of these subjects frequently dependson the credulity of the reader than on what can be proven scientifically.The essays are short, some of them only three or four pages long, andconventionally constructed than are most of his novels Funny and alarming all at once, Burroughs is a kind of canary in the coalmine, a surreal satirist, as much George Carlin as George Orwell You might think of him as that character who appears in the opening of the B horror picture the old timer who can tell you what you want to know about the mysterious goings on up yonder the old Vineland place So if you want to make it past the third reel, you could do worse than to listen to what Burroughs has to say before going to investigate for yourself what s locked up in the basement of the creepy house that is contemporary Amerika

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    The William S Burroughs Creative Reading CourseWilliam S Burroughs book of essays, The Adding Machine Selected Essays, was culled from a variety of sources, including transcripts from his creative writing course at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics The usual books get mentioned throughout this collection, including Jack Black s You Can t Win and The Biography of a Grizzly which, according to Beatnik legend, inspired Burroughs first literary work, The Autobiography of a Wolf The William S Burroughs Creative Reading CourseWilliam S Burroughs book of essays, The Adding Machine Selected Essays, was culled from a variety of sources, including transcripts from his creative writing course at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics The usual books get mentioned throughout this collection, including Jack Black s You Can t Win and The Biography of a Grizzly which, according to Beatnik legend, inspired Burroughs first literary work, The Autobiography of a Wolf Unusually, The Picture of Dorian Gray Modern Library Classics inspired Burroughs to write a tale about, English gentlemenplanning an expedition to the Pole He also admits to having bled all over Paul Bowles copy of One Arm, after sitting around all day, shooting junk Burroughs stresses again and again that it is OK to borrow from other works to enrich your own A chapter in Under Western Eyes Penguin Classics , he admits, helped him round out a Dr Benway scene in Naked Lunch Also, a book called The Left Handed Passenger was consulted prior to the drafting of Twilight s Last Gleamings from Nova Express In the essay entitled, wonderfully, The Beauty and the Bestseller , Burroughs gifts the reader by slipping into his familiar con artist voice as he sets fiction up against non fiction Of course, he writes, writing like Alive The Story of the Andes Survivors Avon Nonfiction is eventrouble than well researched fiction like The Day of the Jackal The writer has to get down to Uruguay and get the ghouls to talk to him to scoop the whole tasty good thing before someone else does Beat scholars know that Burroughs was adept at finding and applying unusual techniques to his writing Burroughs cites Science and Sanity An Introduction to Non Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics International Non Aristotelian Library and An Experiment With Time Studies in Consciousness as starting points The first, for eliminating abstract words from writing, like fascism , and the latter for using dreams as raw material in the creative process The world needs creative writers It also needs creative readers In the essay on creative reading, Burroughs makes reference to 1 Jaws 2 The Great Gatsby 3 Lord Jim Penguin Classics 4 Appointment in Samarra A Novel 5 Maiden Voyage 6 Critical Threshold The Daedalus Mission, Book 2 According to Burroughs, Colonists stranded on a distant planet undergo an alteration through contact with a powerful hallucinogenic substance given off by mating butterflies 7 The Great Sunflower A novel Burroughs comes off as a bit of a grouch in his analysis of the book, saying, It s just the old Nothing will ever bring me to reveal what I saw in that infamous crypt where the inventiveness of the writer lies buried 8 Biological Time Bomb 9 To night Enoch Pratt Free Library Poetry Broadsides 12 Intimations of Inmortality Phoenix 60p Paperbacks Wordsworth, writes Burroughs, like so many artists, was an alienan immortal alien feeling the estrangement of human mortality As could be expected of a card carrying member of the Illuminates of Thanateros, Burroughs was an avid student of the occult The phenomenon of tape recording the voices of the dead gets an overview, with Psychic Discoveries and Breakthrough An Amazing Experiment in Electronic Communication With the Dead cited Writers operate in a magical universe, writes Burroughs in On Coincidence Writers, he explains, aren t cheating by using foreshadowing in their novels They re being quite realistic Life is full of signs and omens like the sinister clown in Death in Venice and the warnings of misfortune and death ignored bythe extroverted and spiritually underpriveleged WASPs in The Stories of John Cheever In a world which, one suspects, is nothingthan an occult contrivance, the idea of control and controllers seems to be a bit archaic As if the controllers have as much control over everything as a gamer does over an unplugged video game console Still, Burroughs manages to nourish the paranoid within, and discusses both the control of the mind and the minds of the controllers, reviewing, at length, Physical control of the mind Toward a psychocivilized society Harper Colophon books and The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind Fans of Burroughs s work are familiar with his routines These are short, darkly humorous skits of a vaudevillian nature that are,or less, Burroughs s sole contribution to the shape of post modernism In the routine, The Last Junky , Burroughs character A.J riffs on how Watergate and Marathon Man have left the public open to movies featuring the clean cut and the slimy working in cahoots Later, in the same routine, A.J seriously considers turning The Anthrax Mutation into a musical documentary featuring a chorus of cows and an animated Mr Anthrax visiting a top secret military lab Musings on immortality are made, of course, as Burroughs was, it seems, permanently 90 years old Starting with a quote from James Dean The Mutant King A Biography , Burroughs looks to sci fi for answers, including The Methuselah Enzyme and IN HIS IMAGE The Cloning of a Man Burroughs tendency to ramble does, unfortunately, take this essay to unexpected territory, with a few paragraphs discussing The Republic Dover Thrift Editions and how, exactly, alien invaders could rapidly immobilize the earth The concluding pay off is a beautiful quote from Black Elk Speaks Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux , that, again, has nothing, really, to do with the ethics of cloning which Burroughs was this close to nailing A sadness permeates the essay entitled Beckett and Proust Burroughs relates a meeting that he and Ginsberg had with Samuel Beckett in Berlin While Burroughs admits that the author of Three Novels Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable is, perhaps the purest writer who has ever written, you still get the sense that the Godfather of the Beats felt a bit slighted, hurt by Beckett s cool demeanor You could imagine his turning in disinterest from an extraterrestrial, Burroughs writes In the next to last essay, appropriately titled Light Reading , Burroughs protagonist, Audrey, picks a selection of books to take with him on his outer space journey to the planet Ba Dan His choices include 1 An Outcast of the Islands Oxford World s Classics 2 Brak The Barbarian 3 Shootist 4 The High Destiny 5 Anabase Publications de la Fondation Saint John Perse Finally, The Adding Machine Selected Essays concludes with a mash note to the Wild Boys of London, the Sex Pistols, whom, one can imagine, Burroughs had a thing for Bugger the Queen transforms the anti monarch sentiments of God Save the Queen from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here s the Sex Pistols into a routine featuring The Gombeen Man, an incubitic blackmailer and butcher, and chanting crowds advancing on Buckingham Palace Despite the dated socio political references, this snotty, surreal, Python meets punk flare up ends the book of essays on a refreshing, revolutionary note

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    As I mentioned before, Burroughs had a superb voice not only in speaking terms, but that you can hear it through his writing It s hard for me to think on the top of my head, who else has that voice in their work Maybe Capote But i don t hear it But Burroughs can only write in one way or fashion, and he does it the best This collection of essays are a series of his voice on particular subject matters He s like the guy who is entertaining at the nearby pub or bar Kind of cranky, kind of As I mentioned before, Burroughs had a superb voice not only in speaking terms, but that you can hear it through his writing It s hard for me to think on the top of my head, who else has that voice in their work Maybe Capote But i don t hear it But Burroughs can only write in one way or fashion, and he does it the best This collection of essays are a series of his voice on particular subject matters He s like the guy who is entertaining at the nearby pub or bar Kind of cranky, kind of insane, but incredibly entertaining So in a sense Burroughs was an entertainer And he entertained me for many many years now

  4. says:

    Essential reading for those interested in the life and work of William S Burroughs.

  5. says:

    I recommend this as a starting point for anyone who is wanting to get into Burroughs This collection of essays gives the reader a view into his early, failed attempts at writing as a teenager, along with glimpses of some of the trauma that he went through as a young adult and how this led to his unique views and style These essays are not all biographical, as Burroughs also explores some of his idea generators as a writer artist such as cut ups and experiments with photography and sound , alo I recommend this as a starting point for anyone who is wanting to get into Burroughs This collection of essays gives the reader a view into his early, failed attempts at writing as a teenager, along with glimpses of some of the trauma that he went through as a young adult and how this led to his unique views and style These essays are not all biographical, as Burroughs also explores some of his idea generators as a writer artist such as cut ups and experiments with photography and sound , along with analyzing the work of a few authors From a personal standpoint, I was thoroughly befuddled the first time that I picked up Nova Express , but this book taught me how to read some of Burroughsexperimental writing I also think that this would be an excellent work to use as a text in a beginning level creative writing college course

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    Though I m a great lover of the prose by William Burroughs, I m not a great fan of his theories He s a bit of a nutter, I guess Raging paranoia is also a description Of course his writing is also in these mostly short essays brilliant Stylistically hardly anything compares to it But there are two things which really struck me reading this collection about fantastical theories that he believed in 1 William Burroughs really was a centre of the counterculture of the sixties and seventies So Though I m a great lover of the prose by William Burroughs, I m not a great fan of his theories He s a bit of a nutter, I guess Raging paranoia is also a description Of course his writing is also in these mostly short essays brilliant Stylistically hardly anything compares to it But there are two things which really struck me reading this collection about fantastical theories that he believed in 1 William Burroughs really was a centre of the counterculture of the sixties and seventies So many of those ideas which weren t supported by any science at all or at best pseudo science, were celebrated and propagated by him Even the strange stories and theories by contemporaries found a reflection in his writing He was some kind of lynchpin in those days The uncle that made it alright for you to utter complete nonsense.2 Plenty of writers clearly influenced him, like Fitzgerald and Proust Something you would not easily think when reading him For Hemingway he even had a pet name Papa Being the opposite in sensibility and style he seems very enad by the man Ofcourse they do share a sense of adventure, though Burroughs is the man for the journey within and Hemingway Well, you know.What comes to mind is that this very excentric writer who few people can really appreciate is very much a man of his times and age With his hand on the pulse of society.Ofcourse the collection is hurt now and then by repetition The essays were often written for different magazines, so overlap wouldn t be a problem, and Burroughs is after all a man with a singleminded message, which gets tedious now and then But what a writer and what insights in writing So easy and crisp The Hemingway piece is something many in my country, The Netherlands, should read, since there is a tendency to view writing only as good according to the journalistic and sparse style of the great man

  7. says:

    The best advice a writer wanna be can acquire from one of the greatest deceased writers in history I recommend this to you, even if you have no desire write In the end, you will.

  8. says:

    A great collection of essays which gives a wealth of insight into Burroughs perspective on writing and the creative process There is also the inclusion of several routines that come offas hit and miss, but they are now used to illustrate points being made in some of the essays i.e over population, immortality But with the best routines in this book, one can see Burroughs channeling his inner Johnathan Swift and offers macabre and pessimistic views of the human condition.

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    Fantastic Essays by El Hombre InvisibleTom Robbins has often been called the most dangerous writer alive Well, William Burroughs just may be the most dangerous writer since Joyce.In these essays, Burroughs really takes notes and rips into his enemies, whether they be other writers or members of the government He takes no prisoners His humour is incisive, acerbic and as sardonic as ever As Kerouac once famously said, he truly IS the greatest satirist since Johnathan Swift I think Burroughs Fantastic Essays by El Hombre InvisibleTom Robbins has often been called the most dangerous writer alive Well, William Burroughs just may be the most dangerous writer since Joyce.In these essays, Burroughs really takes notes and rips into his enemies, whether they be other writers or members of the government He takes no prisoners His humour is incisive, acerbic and as sardonic as ever As Kerouac once famously said, he truly IS the greatest satirist since Johnathan Swift I think Burroughs analysis of Proust and Beckett is spot on Beckett, despite all of his literary merits, DOES come across as aloof and cold as Burroughs correctly point out while Proust is not only someone who is a true master of French prose but also someone who has stamped such unforgettable characters indelibly into the record of French letters.Burroughs s essay on Kerouac, entitled Remembering Jack Kerouac, was both sharp and wistful, with WSB reminiscing about their collaboration on And the Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks which was about the Kammerer murder by Lucien Carr My favourite essay was his Review of the Reviewers in which he takes literary critics to task His analysis is both scathing and extremely valid All the essays in this book, come to think of it, are fantastic This is really Burroughs at his best and a great place to start with WSB if you have just started reading him and have yet to discover the true diamonds of his mind fully unleashed

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    In many ways, this is superior to Burroughs longer, fictional works In the true spirit of a cut up novel, one can open to any page and just start reading The healthy variety of editorial comments, personal reflections and short essays in this collection offer a fascinating albeit limited portrait of one of the 20th century s great American writers Evolution, psychology, scientific advances he proves himself to be incredibly well read, with a mind that ventures far beyond the themes of add In many ways, this is superior to Burroughs longer, fictional works In the true spirit of a cut up novel, one can open to any page and just start reading The healthy variety of editorial comments, personal reflections and short essays in this collection offer a fascinating albeit limited portrait of one of the 20th century s great American writers Evolution, psychology, scientific advances he proves himself to be incredibly well read, with a mind that ventures far beyond the themes of addiction and sexual vulgarity that brought him fame in Naked Lunch.The book is infinitely quotable, for instance I believe that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered presidential image and gave the American virtues of irreverence and skepticism back to the people The best essays, however, deal with writing the art, and the personalities Burroughs reflections on Fitzgerald and Beckett are thoughtful, interesting and written in a unique, literary fashion as opposed to drab, scholarly tones The same goes for his comments on the craft itself This is arguably one of the most accessible introductions to Burroughs a reader can find, and I certainly recommend it Makes for excellent bathroom reading too

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