[BOOKS] ✸ Junky ⚦ William S. Burroughs – Thomashillier.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Junky

  1. says:

    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 quite 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 too Back 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 th...


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    Well holy shit, high five to you, early teens me Though I may have mixed feelings about some things I loved back in my formative, pointlessly cynical years, this rereading experience was actually, well, kinda rad Can I say that at almost 30 Rad Or am I getting to where it s like when your folks n grandfolks try to quote the hip lingo of the kids these days and it enters your brain like aural chipboard This novel held up, is my point Maybe I m just an asshole probable , but Burroughs makes me laugh in this bitter, fuck it all sort of way that s fairly therapuetic when not indulged in to excess If I let it go too far and didn t try to temper it down with at least a little bit of sunshine, I d perhaps end up all drunken rendition of Bela Lugosi in some shitty apartment just hating stuff It s important to keep your dose low, ya know Still, Burroughs knows how to utilize the English language, particularly descriptive metaphor, in a manner both extremely hilarious and sharply visual Also, he knows exactly what a junky looks like the how, the why, and the rationalization processes behind their behavior when they are engaged in...


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    I have learned the cellular stoicism that junk teaches the user I have seen a cell full of sick junkies silent and immobile in separate misery They knew the pointlessness of complaining or moving They knew that basically no one can help anyone else There is no key, no secret someone else has that he can give you J...


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    Less flouncy convoluted, and real istic than Naked Lunch or Queer 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 worth.The brain tries to find meaning in the junkie limbo Junky is a survival story some night long brutal ...


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    Mmm mmm drugs Yummy Like adult smarties with extra kick and an added naughty factor.Ok, that is not strictly true but you have to admit that sometimes it is difficult to pick your way through the troubled and varied history of drugs culture in literature Drugs good Drugs bad Drugs indifferent You re cool Or not cool Or an addict or a victim See Confusing Lets look back through the literature Coleridge, De Quincey, Kerouac, Thompson and the production of wondrous drugs madness such as Fear and Loathing and Trainspotting see, there s never really been a great poster child for hardcore drug addiction and not many happy endings aside from the ones which involve selling yourself on the street to get cash for your hash and even then it s not your happy ending but someone elses.Personally the imbibing of large quantities of narcotics has never made it on to my priorities list, never mind been anywhere near the top of it The way I see it, the world is suitably weird enough already without trying to work out what the fuck is going on through a haze of chemicals I have enough problems on a good d...


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    I think I prefer looking at this text in its original light a sensationalized, dime store paperback about junkies I just can t take this type of work too seriously I ve met so many people who hail Burroughs as genius and I ha...


  8. says:

    I read this while in rehab so as you can imagine it held a very special place in my heart This is a crazy, self indulgent, occasionally offensive defence of the junkie lifestyle The author never really managed to break free from his addiction and despite his hatred for all things government and society died dependent on govt administered methadone It s unapologetic It s hilarious And when you finish the book you can t help but be struck by the tragedy of addiction despite the crazy ride you just enjoyed.What I loved about this was that it was a real addict describing their experiences in very fuck off with your sympathy and your judgement terms I hate the modern poverty porn obsession where middle aged white women spend all their time reading tear jerkers about sexually abused kids and recovering junkies These stories take real experiences and they tell lies with it It s unbearable for anyone who has actually experienced it, and it promotes stereotypes that are harmful This book doe...


  9. says:

    I absolutely adore Burroughs prose but I just couldn t find any space where I could insert myself in the book It ll certainly appeal a lot to those who have struggled with drug addiction but I just couldn t get much out of it.


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Junky Burroughs First Novel, A Largely Autobiographical Account Of The Constant Cycle Of Drug Dependency, Cures And Relapses, Remains The Most Unflinching, Unsentimental Account Of Addiction Ever Written Through Junk Neighbourhoods In New York, New Orleans And Mexico City, Through Time Spent Kicking, Time Spent Dealing And Time Rolling Drunks For Money, Through Junk Sickness And A Sanatorium, Junky Is A Field Report By A Writer Trained In Anthropology At Harvard From The American Post War Drug Underground A Cult Classic, It Has Influenced Generations Of Writers With Its Raw, Sparse And Unapologetic Tone This Definitive Edition Painstakingly Recreates The Author S Original Text Word For Word.