Interzone [William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In William Burroughs settled in Tangiers. Burroughs’ best-known novel is a wild ride, a disjointed trip that begins in Washington Square but soon shifts to the city of Interzone, a surreal. Burroughs seems to grow ever more trite with the passage of time, his rebellion against society a lame thing. Fans will probably enjoy this fragmentary collection .

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Divided into three sections, each section is just long enough to engage and enthrall without being too excessive. But perhaps I worry too much. The ideas weren’t fresh anymore. There will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers. A clutch of credible transgressive burrokghs in the Beat idiom and one slavering toxic outpouring of unreadable pizzle-jizzle in the Beat idiom.

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The physical changes were slow at first, then jumped forward in intetzone klunks, falling through his slack tissue, washing away the human lines…In his place of total darkness mouth and eyes are one organ that leaps forward to snap with transparent teeth…but no organ is constant as regards either function or position…sex organs sprout anywhere…rectums open, defecate and close…the entire organism changes color and consistency in split-second adjustments… The room seems to shake and vibrate with motion.

There, too, things weren’t quite as I’d imagined.

Return to Book Page. Still from the film Naked Lunch by David Bjrroughs I am now at the end of my European trip for Archipelago and a few talks and will soon go back to my desk to write articles more regularly. In the range of his influence no less than in the idiosyncratic uniqueness of his creative production, Burroughs stands less with the Beats or the postmodernists than with the restless, endless production of Andy Warhol.

Oh dear, where do I start? Canonized alternately between the incantatory honesty of the Beat Generation and the weighty formal innovations of midth-century American postmodernism, Burroughs belongs properly to neither literary moment.

In William Burroughs settled in Tangiers, finding a sanctuary of sorts in its shadowy streets, blind alleys, and lowlife decadence. The data taken down is put on pegs to be used as toilet paper. How thrilling that would be; how awful. Interzone is a collection of unpublished short stories and other early works by William S. Burroughd A for Mr. Part 3 Word is more like what you get in Naked Lunch.

As such, this volume, according to Grauerholtz, essentially showcases Burroughs’ transition from his early autobiographical Junky and Queer phase to the later full-fledged fantasist of Naked Lunch and beyond.



Feb 07, Cameron rated it it was amazing Shelves: Burroughs’ use of language won me over and had me engrossed in these stories.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In present form does not hold together as a novel for the simple reason that it is not a novel. How many coffees in an hour? Other stories concern the decadent life Burroughs was to discover in Tangier; the endless drugs and willing young boys of “Lee and the Boys”; and the pathetic unterzone queens and nasty whores of “In the Cafe Central.

I am going to make “A Junky’s Christmas” an annual holiday re-read. His straightahead pieces are extremely interesting, but his art, the loosely connected routines that he gave himself over to, are often difficult to follow. Burroughs wrote 18 burroughe and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays.

Houses of sod-high mountain Mongols blink in smoky doonuays-houses of bamboo and teak, houses of adobe, stone and red brick, South Pacific and Maori houses, houses in trees and river boats, wood houses one hundred feet long sheltering entire tribes, houses of boxes and corrugated iron where old men sit in rotten rags cooking down canned heat, great rusty iron racks rising two hundred feet in the air from swamps and rubbish with perilous partitions built on multi-levelled platforms, and hammocks swinging over the void.

So, do I recommend it?

The Soft Machine was a Burroughs novel before it was a British band. It is a wild and deadly humor, as even and implacable as a sales tax […] Bitter as alkali, it pickles every serious subject in the caustic of the harshest experience; what is left untouched is as dry and silver as a burgoughs. Followers of obsolete, unthinkable trades doodling in Etruscan, addicts of drugs not yet synthesized, pushers of niterzone Hermaline, junk reduced to pure habit offering precarious vegetable serenity, liquids to induce Latah, Tithonian longevity serums, black marketers of World War III, excisors of telepathic sensitivity, osteopaths of the spirit, investigators of infractions denounced by bland paranoid chess players, servers of fragmentary warrants taken down in hebephrenic shorthand charging unspeakable mutilations of the spirit.

Dec 04, Ed Smiley rated it liked it Shelves: The place hummed with the paranoia and disgust of Burroughs’s sick masterpiece, which made me feel better equipped to understand the state of mind that could produce such a book.

It interrzone directly from his irreducibly distinct vision of the world. In Burroughs as in Warhol, a distance in time allows us to see the relentless exploratory drift between modes and media as a prototype for contemporary creativity, the artist not as auteur but as signature, as a distinctive style that is its own substance, gaining coherence not in the unity of its form but in the consistency of its attitude.


Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift”, a reputation he owes to his “lifelong subversion” of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism. As noted above, this is a novella-length story that was originally part of the Naked Lunch manuscript when it was entitled Interzone.

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A Near East Mugwump sit naked on a bar stool covered in pink silk. This book spill off the page burrouhgs all directions, kaleidoscope of vistas, medley of tunes and street noises, farts and riot yipes and slamming steel shutters of commerce, screams of pain and pathos and screams plain pathic […] Now I, William Seward, will unlock my word horde.

The urban density of Interzone gives way to a vast and intezrone wilderness: Mar 19, Kirk Johnson rated it really liked it. The blood and substance of many races, Negro, Polynesian, Mountain Mongol, Desert Nomad, Polyglot Near East, Indianraces as yet unconceived and unborn, combinations not yet realized pass through your body.

G seemed to revel in this. Books by William S. But my sleeping compartment was chained off from the rest of the train, just like the one Kit travels in, and looking out on to that dry, beautiful, cruel landscape I could sense some of the desolation she feels. By submitting this form, you are granting: And then came the third section, WORD. Interzone is an indispensable addition to the canon of his works. But there are higher stakes than youth or Latah, games where only two players in the world know what the stakes are.

Maybe it would be better in smaller dose I admit I did not finish this book.

The longest part of the book is the final section,”Word”. How many different chemicals can be synthesized, how many different orifices penetrated, many different bodies and materials combined in an endlessly proliferating Rube-Goldberg machine of techno-bio-matter? Living down the street from CBGBs, Burroughs is bemused to discover that he has become the hero of a new cultural movement.

Burroughs’s life during this period is limned in a startling collection of short s In William Burroughs settled in Tangiers, finding a sanctuary burtoughs sorts in its shadowy streets, burroughss alleys, and lowlife decadence.