Free download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ree ë William S. BurroughsA ilm about junkies Now imagine what all this would look like when the TV was set to jump randomly among channels every ew seconds This is the best description I can give to the text of The Soft Machine however this belies the strange almost coherence contained despite the channel change static bursts I Dona Flor found myself imagining at every punctuation mark A time traveling agent attempting tooil religious mind control regulate drug usage among those without proper documentation The strange religious sacrifices capital punishment he could Rocker Babies Wear Jeans fall prey tolicker in and out of the picture The unnerving presence of the Doctor
Benway Flickers In And Outflickers in and out less noticably than in Naked Lunch but there all the same The ever dreams of the junk sick licker against sexual gratification boys undressing the smell of rancid tide Sono with Visits from the Seventh flatrectal mucousWhat it means if anything I don t know nor do I really care Searchingor a blatant narrative in this book is a convoluted search indeed but if you re reading this then you probably expect a challenge anyway I liked it just the same If you imagine the stereotype of an avant garde experimental book that s The Soft Machine Sure it s a clever idea but actually reading it would be a painful thing My process reading the book went like this p5 the start what s going on here p6 how long is this going to continue p9 oh it s going on Remarkable Creatures for the whole book p13 I can see how this style conveys a deliriousractured mind and world p20 but I m not really getting anything else out of it by reading p27 in act it s very hard to concentrate on the book so it s probably pointless to carry on At this point I look at the wikipedia entry to see if it will help me read and appreciate the BOOK IT TELLS ME THAT THE PLOT STARTS AT It tells me that the plot starts at 7 Surprised and tempted by the promise of a plot and intrigued to see how the book changes I return to the book p28 I take one look at the page and decide I really cannot be bothered Burroughs has the power to make almost anyone s skin crawl His works are clusters of unfocused creative genius complete with hoards of vulgarities and absurd gags Naked Lunch was a transcendent reading experience or me it was like nothing I d ever read before It was something uniue and edgy totally off the walls crazy to a point of extreme difficulty but also extreme entertainment The Soft Machine is uite similar in these regards but it is also even less Heroes Adrift (Hero, focused and experimental It s really just a bunch of words jammed together toorm sentences that are hilarious original satirical disgusting and above all absolutely bewildering in every way imaginable I assume this entire thing was written by Burroughs while he was on some heavy drugs which is
"Pretty Much The Case With "much the case with of his work but this one especially There s no plot here although there are scenes and reoccurring characters but they are likely to disappear a time any moment In the middle of a sentence everything can change over the course of a single page excrement can turn into metal and the phrase rectal mucus may even be used several goddamn times The Chuck and Danielle faint of heart might want to stay awayrom this one Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old for sure as it does get pretty damn nasty at times which is actually an understatement Seriously this book can get reallyucking gross and disturbing as it is Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs filled with violently sexual and sexually violent content as well as some of the most repulsive descriptions of obscene to say the least acts in literary history However it s also prettyunny and is not afraid to be both enjoyable and disgusting simultaneously which is a trick Gray Bishop few authors can pull off nearly as well as Burroughs So dive into this insane discomforting oddity at your own risk but be warned it may be the most confusing and gross thing you ve ever read even if you re used to transgressive and experimental li. The slicing and randomolding in of words was ully developed transforming the narratice into an extraordinary uneualled new orm of prose poetryTaken rom the back cover. Re someone who enjoys looking at words used in unusual ways or if you are someone who wants to write innovative songs or progressive novels or if you are someone who thinks that you understand what edgy writing *is all about you probably do need to at least dip a toe into the murky waters *all about you probably do need to at least dip a toe into the murky waters Soft Machine What will I do Well I will read the rest of the series and probably over time everything that Burroughs wrote I save his books or a time when I Liar feel I am becoming stale or too comfortable Sometimes I just reach these crustaceous moments when I start toeel like a barnacle attached to the underside of a boat permanently moored in port Human Noir faces tentativelicker in and out of Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are focus We waded into the warm mud water Hair and apelesh off in screaming strips Stood naked human bodies covered with phosphorescent green jelly Soft tentative Gaffer flesh cut with ape wounds Peeling other genitals Fingers and tongues rubbing off the jelly cover Body melting pleasure sounds in the warm mud Till the sun went and a blue wind of silence touched humanaces and hair When we came out of the mud we had names If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at I know it is experimental It reminds me of those alchemists experiments when they tried to produce gold Circumstantial Evidence from excrements Andailed Ultimately they were just dabbling in shitThis book reads as if Burroughs swallowed words like rectal mucous compost heap jissom masturbate cock dropped his pants And just threw them up on the page This is not even a stream of consciousness or unconsciousness Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers for that matter When I am completely off myace haven t had any sleep or 30 hours and I m thinking things just before passing out I STILL make sense There is this piece of advice WG Sebald supposedly used to give By all means be experimental but let the reader be part of the experiment That s where Burroughs ails miserablyHere is a random uote rom a random page Corpses hang pants open on the road to Monterrey clear and loud ahead naked post cards and baby shoes A man comes back to something he left in underwear peeled the boy warm in 1929 Thighs slapped the bed jumped ass up Johnny screw Cup is split wastings Thermodynamics crawls home game of empty hands bed pictures post dead uestion carrion smell sharp split wastings Thermodynamics crawls home game of empty hands bed pictures
"Post Dead Uestion Carrion "dead uestion carrion sharp inIt goes like this or six chapters Nonsense in its purest Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) form So when chapter seven comes and all of a sudden paragraphs seem to be organized in an almost coherent manner you get all excited even though the plot is still completely bonkers but alleluia there IS a plot Or at least in comparison to the previous six chapters which were written by someone with a serious case of anterograde amnesia who can only remember the lastive words he has writtenBut then chapter seven ends and it goes right back to gibberishWhat am I supposed to get out of this book There were two sentences I liked and I used the word sentence loosely as obviously Burroughs has a very particular approach to punctuation Jungle invades the weed grown parks where armadillos infected with the earth eating disease gambol through deserted kiosks and Bolivar in catatonic limestone liberated the areaand The name is Clem Snide I am a Private Ass Hole I will take on any job any identity any body I will do anything difficult dangerous or downright dirty Summer Meditations for a price And the shockactor is non existent It s 2013 you can write all you want about cocks in rectums on every page even as Burroughs laboriously did and I won t even bat an eye Evening touched our rectumsThank you and goodbye Imagine that the cable box has only 20 channels Imagine that these channels are playing a variety of sex God Said, Ha!: A Memoir films a documentary on parasitic and poisonous insects of the a scii police drama strangely analogous to Dr Who no Daleks sorry and. Ories of science Burroughs is truly the Hieronymous Bosch of our time In this surreal savage and brilliantly unny seuel to Naked Lunch Burroughs's amous 'cut up' techniue. In order to accomplish the purpose I prostituted myself to one of the priests Most distasteful thing I ever stood still On the Right Side of a Dream for During the sex act he metamorphosed himself into a green crabrom the waist up retaining human legs and genitals that secreted a caustic erogenous slime while a horrible stench illed the hut I was able to endure these horrible encounters by promising myself the pleasure of killing this disgusting monster when the time came And my reputation as an idiot was by now so well established that I escaped all but the most routine control measures So the paragraph above that I shared with you is strange but easily understood Now check out this paragraph Larval people whispering lesh Eyes ejaculated spine mud Black gum in member Old junky coughing limestone in the obsidian morning the sale mirror to red sky Manipulated spasms puppets vestigial meat Pulsing pink shell Red pagodas and crystal accounts Wet dream eyes hanging in lust of dead Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II flesh patios Boy chrysalis in streets of postcard Eating birds patrol black lichen Catatonic sports sear lungs of dream clay Lust of mud bubble coal gas the insect street Flesh ejaculation Penis in the broken mirror rocks of Marwan Serving the crystal dawn photo of sex On the Brass and Copper Street This book was originally composed using the cut up techniue inspired by the artist Brion Gysin Let me define cut upor you Cut up is performed by taking a Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq finished andully linear text and cutting it in pieces with a ew or single words on each piece The resulting pieces are then rearranged into a new text So William S Burroughs wrote a traditional novel and then cut those sentences up into pieces and rearranged them randomly Maybe less of a creative process than just a random throw of the dice Burroughs was not happy with the 1961 edition and in several editions after the original he continued to 1961 edition and in several editions after the original he continued to radical changes It is the type of novel that possibly because of the randomness of design can never be inished He added standard prose to each new edition to make the book readable There is this moment when he writes But then who am I to be critical I chuckled because it was as if he were talking to the reader There is a lot of homosexual sex described but a lot of it is airly repetitive He likes the words jissom jism and rectum and the phrase ragged pants to the ankles Did I say there was a lot of sex description I meant there is oceans mountains oodles gobs and orgive my French aloads Yes I m being tongue in cheek of sexual situations There is a linear prose chapter titled The Mayan Caper which gives the reader some idea of what they are actually reading about If you do decide to take on the task of reading this novel and you become bogged down rustrated discombobulated or start screaming uncontrollably please skip ahead to this chapter *and soothe your ruffled reader s soul with at least something you can wrap your mind around I made * soothe your ruffled reader s soul with at least something you can wrap your mind around I made of some cool passages that I really liked An evil old character with sugary eyes that stuck to you They were ripe or the plucking orgot way back yonder in the corn hole Lost in little scraps of delight and burning
Scrolls The Man Opposite MeThe man opposite me t look like much A thin grey man in a long coat that What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World flickered like oldilm in these times when practically anybody is subject to wander in I Got a New Friend from the desert with a uit claim deed and snatch a girl s snatch right outrom under her assets When the boy peeled off the dry goods he gives off a slow stink like a thawing mummy Crab men peer out of abandoned uarries and shag heaps some sort of vestigial eye growing cheek bone and a look about them as if they could take root and grow on anybody Even the linear prose is sometimes as confusing as the cut up techniue sections Most people probably do not need to read this trilogy but if you Hanged soldiers North African street urchins addicted narcotic agents Spanish rent boys evil doctors corrupt judges and monsters rom the mythology of history or the labrat.
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