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Junky AUTHOR William S. BurrougBefore his 1959 breakthrough Naked Lunch an unknown William S Burroughs wrote Junky his first novel It is a candid eye witness account of times and places that are now long gone an unvarnished field report from the American post war underground Unafraid to portray himself in 1953 as a confirmed member of two socially despised under classes a narcotics addict and a homosex. ”Morphine hits the backs of the legs first then the back of the neck a spreading wave of relaxation slackening the muscles away from the bones so that you seem to float without outlines like lying in warm salt water As this relaxing wave spread through my tissues I experienced a strong feeling of fear I had the feeling that some horrible image was just beyond the field of vision moving as I turned my head so that I never uite saw it I felt nauseous; I lay down and closed my eyes A series of pictures passed like watching a movie A huge neon lighted cocktail bar that got larger and larger until streets traffic and street repairs were included in it; a waitress carrying a skull on a tray; stars in a clear sky The physical impact of the fear of death; the shutting off of breath; the stopping of blood” William S Burroughs shortly after shooting his wife Joan Vollmer in the head during a drunken version of William Tell Were you just drunk Bill or were you on junk tooBack in January of 2013 I decided to reread Naked Lunch I hadn’t read Burroughs since college so the dim memories of the first read had very little impact on the second reading It was like a virgin reading Burroughs for the very first time again Readers have a wide range of opinions about Naked Lunch lurching from the ecstatic high of one of the best books they have ever read to believing the book to be perverted garbage Burroughs would be thrilled with either reactions because that is what the book is about creating a reaction It is probably one of the most creative books I’ve read but also a book that freuently made me very uncomfortable So given the success of my second reading of Naked Lunch I decided to read Burroughs first published work Junky British title or Junkie American title Burroughs insisted for a long time in calling the book Junk but the publisher refused to put that label on the book believing that the American public might actually believe it to be just thatjunk Allen Ginsberg is the reason the book even exists He’d been in correspondence with Burroughs and had been impressed by how intelligent and fascinating Bill’s letters were proving to be Ginsberg insisted that Burroughs needed to thread his life from those letters into a book Allen Ginsberg the man who was determined to see Junky in printThus begins the odyssey of JunkJunkyJunkie trying to make it into print ”H and coke You can smell it going in”Bill Lee starts off selling a few caps to make some extra money He has a small habit but nothing than recreational use It is under control like going to see a movie once in a while or going out for a really good meal Dealers even small scale dealers like Bill soon start to see the desperation of having a full blown habit ”Doolie sick was an unnerving sight The envelope of personality was gone dissolved by his junk hungry cells Viscera and cells galvanized into a loathsome insect like activity seemed on the point of breaking through the surface His face was blurred unrecognizable at the same time shrunken and tumescent” Burroughs shooting upWe all know someone odd someone living an alternative bohemian lifestyle someone floating in a constant haze of pharmaceutical diversion but most of us know maybe one or two people that would fit that definition Bill starts to know so many people that match that profile that it becomes normal ”What a crew Mooches fags four flushers stool pigeons bums unwilling to work unable to steal always short of money always whining for credit In the whole lot there was not one who wouldn’t wilt and spill as soon as someone belted him in the mouth and said “Where did you get it”And that is exactly what happens Bill gets picked up and it soon becomes apparent that a conviction is imminent What was jamming Bill up was the Harrison Act of 1914 It was a tax meant to regulate the market but was interpreted by the law as a way to prohibit the sale of opiates William Burroughs’s uncle Horace committed suicide just days after the act was passed He was addicted to morphine the result of several medical procedures and he couldn’t face the thought of living without the necessary solace of the drug A good lawyer gets Bill bail based on his good family name and Bill knowing he can’t handle jail heads for Mexico Due to stress or just having the ready access to drugs soon has him becoming a full time junky When he is on junk his sex drive is diminished but when he is off the junk his libido becomes as all consuming as getting his next fix ”Angelo’s face was Oriental Japanese looking except for his copper skin He was not ueer and I gave him money; always the same amount twenty pesos Sometimes I didn’t have that much and he would say ‘No importa’ It does not matter He insisted on sweeping the apartment out whenever he spent the night thereOnce I connected with Angelo I did not go back to the Chimu Mexico or stateside ueer bars brought me down”Bill likes boys but he also likes girls wellpros like Mary ”It you really want to bring a man down light a cigarette in the middle of intercourse Of course I really don’t like men at all sexually What I really dig is chicks I get a kick out of taking a proud chick and breaking her spirit making her see she is just an animal A chick is never as beautiful after she’s been broken ‘Say this is sort of a fireside kick’ she said pointing to the radio which was the only light in the room”Both scenariosVintage Burroughs An Ace Original published in 1953 Burroughs made one cent on each copy sold The book now sells in shabby condition for 450 and in collector’s condition for over a 1000 So after a lot of arm twisting Ginsberg finally convinces the owner of Ace Books A A Wyn to publish Junkie Wyn didn’t like the book but his son Carl Solomon had done a stint with Ginsberg in a psychiatric hospital in New Jersey and was also lobbying hard for the book to be published There is a good lesson to be learned here always use every opportunity to make new connections whether you are in a loony bin or attending an upscale cocktail party You may find the same people both placesGinsberg had the thankless job of editing the book and being the middleman between a disgruntled publisher and a and recalcitrant Burroughs Ginsberg was soon the only person in the euation that even cared if the book made it to print Finally his dream is realized and the book is published as a paperback original Ace Double or what we used to call in the book biz a 69 The other book on the flip side was Narcotic Agent by Maurice Helbrant which was a nonfiction account of busting drug dealers Burroughs was at first furious at the pairing but after reading the Helbrant book he grudgingly admitted it wasn’t too bad It is impossible to separate William S Burroughs from Bill Lee William Lee was his pen name and the name under which he published this book The writing style in Junky is not anything like Naked Lunch This book is very accessible honestly told and graphically realistic You will meet a cast of characters with names like George the Greek Pantopon Rose Louie the Bellhop Eric the Fag the Beagle the Sailor and Joe the Mex You will come away from reading this book believing you have a better idea of Burroughs the man He lived it and he didn’t pull any punches about what it means to be an addict ”When you uit junk everything seems flat but you remember the shot schedule the static horror of junk your life draining into your arm three times a day Every time exactly that much less “Being on junk is like resting in the arms of a beautiful woman but if you stay on it too long those arms become withered and instead of looking into the face of angel you find yourself staring into the face of a toothless crone I’m hearing about this new kick called Yage Yage may be the final fix”If you haven't read my Naked Lunch review it is actually not too bad

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Junky AUTHOR William S. Burroughs Read à 109 ☆ Before his 1959 breakthrough Naked Lunch an unknown William S Burroughs wrote Junky his first novel It is a candid eye witness account of times and places that are now long gone an unvarnished field report from the American post war underground Unafraid to portray himself in 1953 as a confUal Burroughs was writing as a trained anthropologist when he unapologetically described a way of life in New York New Orleans and Mexico City that by the 1940's was already demonized by the artificial anti drug hysteria of an opportunistic bureaucracy and a cynical prostrate media For this fiftieth anniversary edition eminent Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has painstaki. Less flouncyconvoluted and realistic than Naked Lunch or ueer True masterpieces these Oddly straightforward espesh for a first novel it valiantly emerges as some sort of sad recounting of events in all their incendiary yet undoubted existence So brave so brave coming out as gay; but for a literary juggernaut the honest truth of drug addiction MUST be depicted that Truth is the passport to the future glories the aforementioned novels Articulate clear headedness here not including however the stooge like attitude which is adopted by Burroughs as he detoxifies sporadically through the years definitely accentuates the entire experience it seems to me Burroughs is an event you cannot avoid its literary personal worthThe brain tries to find meaning in the junkie limbo Junky is a survival story; some night long brutal anecdote of one hellish past Here avant gardism is found in the Motley Crew of malcontents users pushers rehab ers robbers victims victims vic an encyclopedic index of sorts Novel in Lexicon See Dictionary of the Khazars M Pavic Burroughs is indeed the true King of the Beats ya know the dudes who hardly ever mentioned their wives in their self important exploits And I am than satisfied by the concrete truth

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Ngly recreated the author's original text word by word from archival typescripts and places the book's contents against a lively historical background in a comprehensive introduction Here as well for the first time are Burroughs' own unpublished introduction and an entire omitted chapter along with many lost passages as well as auxiliary texts by Allen Ginsberg and others. I listened to the audiobook on YouTube There are two different audiobooks one read by the author and one read by David Carradine The reader is not credited in the YouTube video but I'm guessing it's the author He has a raspy voice but it works well for the reading This was my first time reading anything from the beat generation unless you count Charles Bukowski who came along a little later I tried reading some Jack Kerouac things and didn't get into them right away so I moved on to this Kerouac's stuff seemed to be about drinking and chasing women which I had read a lot about already in Bukowski's novels In fact there's very little mention of women boys only in Junky at all Heroin seems like an interesting topic for a beat author considering how addictive it is the lifestyle associated with it things people are willing to do to get it what the highs and withdrawals feel like and the process of forming a habit I'm sure this book was influential and there are a lot of books with this content today but one thing that made this book great was the time period in which it was written demonstrating the cultural zeitgeist There's a lot of hipster slang like stool pigeon and lush worker used in the book There's also homosexuality which was taboo at the time I appreciate that authors like Burroughs and James Baldwin had the courage to write about such topics What appeals to and surprises me about a lot of books from this era are how relevant they still are today