The Adding Machine

The Adding Machine

Selected Essays

Book - 2013
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This collection, containing both fiction and nonfiction, is representative of Burroughs's work. The style and tone are vintage Burroughs; the themes of addiction, mind control, and homosexuality central to the novels are explored here more succinctly. The most original material consists of comments on writing and writers: perceptive remarks on Hemingway and Fitzgerald, an interesting comparison of Proust and Beckett, and an acknowledgment of Conrad's influence on a portion of Naked Lunch.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780802121950
Branch Call Number: 814.54 B945A 2013
Characteristics: xxiii, 238 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Selected essays


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Nov 19, 2013

Interest seems to have grown in Burroughs since his death, as there's been at least one documentary and two feature films in which he's a character (currently "Kill Your Darlings"). "Naked Lunch" remains a seminal underground text, but I still don't think people appreciate how radical and influential Burroughs was. He's one of the rare writers whose influences hops across the border and into film (Cronenberg) and music (Joy Division, Steely Dan). This is a witty, opinionated and iconoclastic collection of essays about his fellows writers (Hemingway, Kerouac, Fitzgerald, Beckett) and a wide range of topics, including psychology, space, the intelligence community, cut-ups, literary criticism and Wilhelm Reich.


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