Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting. Published by Auerhahn Press in , The Exterminator is one of the forgotten texts of. 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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The bit on the discipline of DE begged to be expanded on, the language is often startlingly vivid even in the shitty sections, of course brroughs I was still stopped in my tracks by “Do you begin to see there is qilliam face there in the tarnished mirror? This page was last edited on 13 Octoberat Views Read Edit View history. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Is it a good book? I found The Exterminator! The William Burroughs was a crazy man who believed crazy things, but when I read his books, I can actually hear his voice.
Nov 24, TK rated it really liked it Shelves: Interviews with William S. I went to reread it, and it was a lot worse than I remembered. In while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the burroughz movement of the Beat Generation. To ask other readers questions about Exterminator! I guess maybe on some level I bought into the bullshit Burroughs spreads here about “subversive” art which, honestly, even if some of this was at the time, it’s possible to outlive your context, you know?
A sort of Twilight Zone of paranoia, surveillance, violence, heroin, unreality, reality, disease, the FBI, sex, cops, heroin, America, Americans, presidential candidates, heroin, and someone named Audrey who just pops up here and there. At others, I found myself racing through to get to the next part.
Also, while I did know about Burroughs murdering his wife Joan Vollmer, I didn’t know about a lot of the other shit he exterminatof Ginsberg got up to.
So while a couple pages can pass with what seem like disjointed recurring images of Clancy the cop, someone named Audrey, and the number 23, after wading through the mire the reader is rewarded with a surprisingly and unexpected pulling together of seemingly loose ends. Audrey is the writer or, perhaps more appropriately, the willia, — and one can assume that he is ultimately the narrator who is ultimately Burroughs.
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. Jan 05, George Huxley rated it really willian it. Instead, we get a snippet here, a snippet there, and they might be chronological, and the might not.
Joan Vollmer wife William S. I caught myself wondering whether some Americans might not be offended by the grotesque picaresque send-ups of American society which Burroughs creates in these short stories. Stepping into the labyrinth that is William S. Reader is at least shocked with his apocalyptic images of a man decomposing extermminator its animalistic nature.
I began to wonder if I had any intellect while reading this because I would stop william the end of the paragraph and have forgotten everything I ha 2. Please provide an email address.
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Lists with This Book. Early editions label the book a novel. And then I saw Exterminator! He says so much with such simple terms its like his language is guided by the principle less is more, but with many naturalistic poetic images that can’t leave anyone resigned. Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Want to Read saving…. Firstly, it’s not written in that airtihgt vocabuLary wich is understandable only to author and a few drug addicts.
The key is not to get too hung up in the grand details. See 1 question about Exterminator! There were chapters that had sparks of narrative brilliance, but these were the exception rather than the rule. Any platform that does not propose the basic changes necessary to correct these glaring failures is a farce. Jul 24, Matty Lehn rated it it was ok. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best. Sep 15, Matt Piechocinski rated it it was ok. A different story entitled “Twilight’s Last Gleamings” appears in the later collection, Interzone.
And the fact that he once had a job as rat and insect Exterminator is something like crazy. And yes, I think that is a valid part of how I feel about this and Burroughs’ other books; another writer’s Burroughs references actually prompted me to write about it recently, and I stand by what I say there.
Oct 23, Tosh rated it it was amazing. Read the full review at: 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 burorughs imitators. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Jun 19, Robert rated it did not like it. A dose that fixes on Monday won’t fix on Friday. Things have a way of kinda falling into place.Read More