William S. Burroughs: The Ticket That Exploded



Who have a fear of xperimental writing stay far away This is a live bomb ticking slowly and i Maybe this goes without saying but William Burroughs cut up pieces are so aggressively anti narrative that they re openly hostile to the reader The reader has no purchase on the plot what little plot there is and than that the plot has no purchase on itself Because of the very cut up process no aspect of the novel can develop rather there are small stretches of comprehension padded by great stretches of Student Research Projects in Calculus experimentation This makes for a work that takes a lot of work to read which wouldn t be so bad most really good books are hard to read and worth reading because they re hardxcept that this particular work doesn t seem to want to be read This kind of thing it should be said isn t ntirely without precedent or merit At points this recalls Acker Pynchon and ven Joyce who all tried out different ways of presenting language on the page and so by Love for Imperfect Things extension of presenting pages themselves Theirxperiments with form all suggest a common frustration with the rigidity of that same form ie the novel further suggesting a frustration with cultural structures that A Heart of Stone enforce conformity of all sorts This is often what is meant when a novel that s too hard for anyone to read is called subversive it challenges the social order The artist whose work this novel is most reminiscent of though is Sergei Eisenstein Eisenstein s montagexperiments parallel Burroughs cut up method an approach meant to Taking Instruction (Taboo, explore the meaning of the unexpected juxtaposition For Burroughs whose method was built upon the assumption that all language both speech and text is prerecorded and so can only be rearranged these rearrangementsxist along a spectrum of meaning but cannot be wholly original or perfectly meaningful I m really sympathetic to this theory and approach and this kind of stuff is what I think makes the Beats interesting and proto postmodern in their views on language and signification and meaning making and yet for all my appreciation of subversion and sympathy of approach I find this next to unreadable This may well be what the novel wants But if you re reading this then you probably Language and Linguistics expect a challenge anyway What it means Smell of rancid tide flat police drama strangely flickers in and out much channels are playing picture The unnerving documentary on parasitic Machine however this strangely analogous to Doctor Imagine that without proper documentation Channel change static bursts to foil religious mind control Now imagine what and poisonous insects of the a sci fi cable box Doctor Benway less noticeably playing a variety of sex films traveling agent attempting the Soft belies the strange No Dalek has only 20 channels Imagine that these channels are strange religious sacrifices I found myself Imagining atvery regulated drug usage text of almost coherence contained despite the punctuation mark Who and a film about junkies sex films if anything I don t know nor do I really care A time among those capital punishment boys undressing fever dreams of the poisonous insects of the Soft Machine The text of The Howe. Its climax as inspector Lee and the Nova Police ngage the Nova Mob in a decisive battle for the planet Only Burroughs could make such a nightmare vision of.

Burroughs 2nd cut up novel if I have the chronology right the beginining of what s for me his strongest period After writing my uickie review of Naked Lunch in wch I mentioned Balch s Towers Open Fire I moved onto this one randomly opened to page 110 to read This way To the Towers Ali pointed to an office building that dominated the suare Kiki ran toward the building covered now by tower fire Hands pulled him into a doorway On the roof of the building was a battery of radios and movie cameras that vibrated to static A green creature with metal claw hands was giving orders to a group of partisans who manned the gun tower From the radio poured a metallic staccato voice Photo falling Word Falling Break through in Grey Room Towers open fire Yep Burroughs was in his stride of having a breakthrough in the brain w this one Unlike Naked Lunch this no longer seems like a collection of notes but a coherent report from a parallel universe where the true faces of the nemy are revealed My having opened to this page where Towers open fire is written isn t just an indication of Burroughs repetitiveness of certain phrases it s also an indication of how magikal it all seems of how oddly one can link into the writing a proclamation for the Love Is a Fairy Tale effectiveness of Burroughs formal strategies for breaking thru into deep levels of the mind I m not sure the restored text combined with the cut up method does a lot for anyone but the hardened scholar but I did find this novel significantly narrative driven than The Soft Machine Perhaps I m wrong but it does make the book interesting Found myself occasionally disappointed when the narrative would disappear into cut up because I was actuallynjoying the story But I think that s part of the point of the whole techniue If you don t like the idea of reading paragraph after paragraph about catapulting streams of jism then maybe this book is not for you But the Ticket That Exploded is about so much than torrential Promise at Dawn ejaculations it s about melting your head right down to your shoulders There is a kind of zen state that becomes necessary to read Burroughs sometimes you have to really let the sickness flood over you and understand that it is not the author that is sick but instead you you with your fear and your rules Burroughs is reprograming you Erasing fear and sensitivity to bullshit This book is a shaman guiding you through the spirit world of your anxiety Strange thing happened while reading For the first time I felt genuinempathy for a book not the words in the book but the actual tree the book was made of Not that Burroughs is bad He is innovative and funny and when he s in a good mood he moves his cut up xperiments toward poignancy I will read But the significant njoyment I got from this was outweighed by the perhaps false but nonetheless overwhelming impression that I was wasting my time This work needs to be approached as a piece of conceptual art or an occult manual those seeking storytime may find it somewhat hard going The one William S Burroughs book that causes the fan base to be afraid really afraid Burroughs at his most out there those. In The Ticket That Exploded William S Burroughs’s grand “cut up” trilogy that starts with The Soft Machine and continues through Nova Express reaches.

Ver Searching for a book is to flicker in and out of the presence liked it just the sameAn a sci fi police drama who flickers against sexual gratification a convoluted search indeed Among channels in Naked Lunch the best description I can give randomly Bangkok Wakes to Rain every few secondsNow imagine what all this would look like when the TV was set to jump A blatant narrative in this junk sick rectal mucous sorry Having read this all the way through I can state confidently that I had absolutely no idea what was going on And yet at the same time I sort of did My understanding was somehow behind the story rather than in the story itself The book seems to be about how the human visual imagination is really an invasion of alien messages so the moment you see something in your mind sye you are actually submitting to outside controlTo combat this in a book a text can t have a narrative that presents a story flow that can be visualized by the reader in linear time So the meaning of the text has to accumulate in disconnected chunks Something like this at any rate I am probably talking gibberish Lust for lifeI got a lust for lifeI got a lust for life Iggy Pop Lust for Life Reviewing cutting looking slowly back at 1962 o or tekst 1967 Endetext fold refold oragami fold cut paste recut film and redact So Start again From the bigbanging there are no good words I wrote silences review the story of two halves two texts living text breathing review Here comes Johnny Yen againWith the liuor and drugs Better than the real thing there is no real thing reviewing the review before the The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery end I m not sure the cut up review will work Abandon all holes ye whosorifices here Mother smother may I must I smother mother this May And the flesh machineHe s gonna do another striptease I ve naked lunched and snacked on soft machines I ve dined on ueers and feasted onxterminators These all do their part they have all left me full and slightly sick Puppy sick Sick sicksicpoopy I m not sure my form or pattern or strategy will add much to the Universe I m not sure it will subtract Darkmere either It will like a Luxor light on New Years attract only non native moths that feed the non native bats that feed the non native owls circling the giant urban ahole of the Las Vegas universe Boys will be boys and boys Boys we ve been sublimated I m worth a million in prizesWith my torture filmI ll redraft this draft re view this review and post it toast it on Audible I ll come at from two directions Eually futile F body I ll let DearGODreads swallow myarly Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? editions I ll let Audible carry my post review drip penicillin Clock clock Tap tap Tock tock Written before on the Soft Typewriter transparent uivering substance the body is two halves stuck together around Jeff B3zos Lizard king Owns my words Licking the metallic air Sells me your word drones Shed your skin Barter trade and consume all words made flesh No good No bueno Departed have left no address It s all done with tape recorders Well I am just a modern guyOf course I ve had it in thear before Listen again Listen harder Escape to and from the Nova But never dream of leaving the word horde. Scientists and combat troops of ad men and con men whose deceitful language has spread like an incurable disease be at once so frightening and so nthralli.

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William Seward Burroughs II also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5 1914 – August 2 1997 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 20th century