(The Soft Machine) PDF NEW Ë William S. Burroughs

Re reading this then you probably expect a challenge anyway I liked it ust the same Pure dissonance attrition and aggression over the Mayan battleships that distillate phosphorescent obsidians into rains of unk It ends with a dose of apomorphine though In order to accomplish the purpose I prostituted myself to one of the priests Most distasteful thing I ever stood still for During the sex act he metamorphosed himself into a green crab from the waist up retaining human legs *And Genitals That Secreted A Caustic Erogenous *genitals that secreted a caustic erogenous while a horrible stench filled the hut I was able to endure these horrible encounters by promising myself the pleasure of killing this disgusting monster when the time came And my reputation as an idiot was by now so well established that I escaped all but the most routine control measures So the paragraph above that I shared with you is strange but easily understood Now check out this paragraph Larval people whispering flesh The Soft Machine is like a travelogue concocted by a perverted and drugged space travelerI had this special Green Boy I was making it with who knew the ropes you might say and he told me we have to tune the heat wave out with music So we get all the Indians and all the Green Boys with drums and flutes and copper plates and stayed ust out of the heat blast beating the drums and slowly closed in lam had rigged up a catapult to throw limestone boulders and shattered the cubicle so we move in with spears and clubs and finish them off and smashed the heat sending set that was a living radio with insect parts We turn the Green Boys loose and on our way rejoicingIt is an acid trip in which atrocities and scatology are special delicacies and tidbits on offerI pushed into a Turkish Bath and surprised a faggot brandishing a deformed erection in the steam room and strangled him straightaway with a soapy towel I had to check in I was thin now barely strength in my receding flesh to finish off that tired faggot I got into my clothes shivering and gaping and walked into the terminal drugstore Five minutes to twelve Five minutes to score I walked over to the night clerk and threw a piece of tin on himAnd William S Burroughs surely is a revolutionary but I don t know exactly of what sort however probably sexual or maybe chemical or perhaps even linguistic During the sex act he metamorphosed himself into a green crab from the waist up retaining human legs and genitals that secreted a caustic erogenous slime while a horrible stench filled the hut I was able to endure these horrible encounters by promising myself the pleasure of killing this disgusting monster when the time came And my reputation as an idiot was by now so well established that I escaped all but the most routine control measuresIt takes all kinds to make the world so even a depiction of despicable vices can be hustled at a profit If you imagine the stereotype of an avant garde experimental book that s The Soft Machine Sure it s a clever idea but actually reading it would be a painf I ve seen a lot of comments about how this book of experimental fiction is unreadable which I did not find to be the case at all In fact I enjoyed reading it immensely the repetition of the cut up material gives it a sort of surreal hypnotic uality The writing is occasionally straight up brilliant Some of the sex stuff is a bit too much though if I never hear the phrase rectal mucus and carbolic soap again it will be too soonI do agree that it is difficult to understand the plot would be bizarre and difficult to follow even if told in a traditional manner but to then chop it up and rearrange it makes it impossible Most of the book comes across like avant garde word soup poetry and bears almost no resemblance to a "Traditional Narrative There Is "narrative There is plot though about a time traveler who can infiltrate other people s bodies It is spelled out pretty clearly about halfway through the book in the chapter called The Mayan Caper and that chapter even explains why everything is all umbled up and out of order and what the sex is all aboutThis is definitely not for everyone but I thought it was brilliant I will definitely be picking up the other two books in this cut up trilogy soon. The slicing and random folding in of words was fully developed transforming the narratice into an extraordinary uneualled new form of prose poetryTaken from the back cover. ,


William S. Burroughs ☆ 5 Read

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The Soft MachineI know it is experimental It reminds me of those alchemists experiments when they tried to produce gold from excrements And failed Ultimately they were ust dabbling in shitThis book reads as if Burroughs swallowed words like rectal "Mucous Compost Heap Jissom Masturbate Cock Dropped "compost heap An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet jissom masturbate cock dropped pants Andust threw them up on the page This is not even a stream of consciousness or unconsciousness for that matter When I am completely off my face haven t had any sleep for 30 hours and I m thinking things ust before passing out I STILL make sense There is this piece of advice WG Sebald supposedly used to give By all means be experimental but let the reader be part of the experiment That s where Burroughs fails miserablyHere is a random uote from a random page Corpses hang pants open on the road to Monterrey clear and loud ahead naked post cards and baby SHOES A MAN COMES BACK TO SOMETHING HE LEFT A man comes back to something he left underwear peeled the boy warm in 1929 Thighs slapped the bed umped ass up Johnny screw Cup is split wastings Thermodynamics crawls home game of empty hands bed pictures post dead uestion carrion smell sharp open inIt goes like this for six chapters Nonsense in its purest form So when chapter seven comes and all of a sudden paragraphs seem to be organized in an almost coherent manner you get all excited even though the plot is still completely bonkers but alleluia there IS a plot Or at least in comparison to the previous six chapters which were written by someone with a serious case of anterograde amnesia who can only remember the last five words he has writtenBut then chapter seven ends and it goes right back to gibberishWhat am I supposed to get out of this book There were two sentences I liked and I used the word sentence loosely as obviously Burroughs has a very particular approach to punctuation Jungle invades the weed grown parks where armadillos infected with the earth eating disease gambol through deserted kiosks and Bolivar in catatonic limestone liberated the areaand The name is Clem Snide I am a Private Ass Hole I will take on any La criminologie job any identity any body I will do anything difficult dangerous or downright dirty for a price And the shock factor is non existent It s 2013 you can write all you want about cocks in rectums on every page even as Burroughs laboriously did and I won t even bat an eye Evening touched our rectumsThank you and goodbye The one book by Burroughs that separates the fans from the curious The curious usually think no I am not going there Relentless sexual assault mixed with very experimental writing makes this book Charming I love Burroughs voice I also think he s one of the great satire writers of all time A true American drug addict original Burroughs has the power to make almost anyone s skin crawl His works are clusters of unfocused creative genius complete with hoards of vulgarities and absurd gags Naked Lunch was a transcendent reading experience for me it was like nothing I d ever read before It was something uniue and edgy totally off the walls crazy to a point of extreme difficulty but also extreme entertainment The Soft Machine is uite similar in these regards but it is also even less focused and experimental It s reallyust a bunch of words ammed together to form sentences that are hilarious original satirical disgusting and above all absolutely bewildering in every way imaginable I assume this entire thing was written by Burroughs while he was on some heavy drugs which is pretty much the case with most of his work but this one especially There s no plot here although there are scenes and reoccurring characters but they are likely to disappear a time any moment In the middle of a sentence everything can change over the course of a single page excrement can turn into metal and the phrase rectal mucus may even be used several goddamn times the phrase rectal mucus may even be used several goddamn times faint of heart might want to stay away from this one for sure as it does get pretty damn nasty at times which is actually an understatement Seriously this book can get really fucking gross and disturbing as it is filled with violently sexual and sexually violent content as well as some of the most repulsive descriptions of obscene to say the least acts in literary history Howev. Hanged soldiers North African street urchins addicted narcotic agents Spanish rent boys evil doctors corrupt udges and monsters from the mythology of history or the labrat. Er it s also pretty funny and is not afraid to be both enjoyable and disgusting "simultaneously which is a trick few authors can pull off nearly as well as Burroughs "which is a trick few authors can pull off nearly as well as Burroughs dive into this insane discomforting oddity at your own risk but be WARNED IT MAY BE THE MOST CONFUSING AND GROSS it may be the most confusing and gross you ve ever read even if you re used to transgressive and experimental lit Breathe in Johnny Here Goes I respect rather than love it Like Gravity s Rainbow s sewer scene on his knees bare as a baby or William T Vollmann s telephone exchange between steel reefs a wire wrapped in gutta percha vibrates I herebyzzZZZZZthe critical situationa crushing blowThe sleepwalker s all eyes the realist is all ears their mating forms the telephone Later perhaps I see parts flashing cut in from David Lynch this is a formica table or Cronenberg s not naked lunch or beginning of Kubrick s 2001 apes confronted with steel Celluloid burning when we came out of the mud we had names Perhaps Trump Tweets massacred by homoeroticism I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke 1143 AM 14 Oct 2012 Thinking man s thin man Marlowe and Philip K Dick detectives utilizing third person singular indirect recall though now using the cut up method Burroughs unsettles and alarms with images of consumption not to mention graphic scenes of sex drugs coprophagia sacrifice self abuse Pan God of Panic piping blue notes through empty streets as the berserk time machine twisted a tornado of years and centuries wind through dusty offices and archives Late night Trump tweets interrupted because The US cannot allow EBOLA infected people back People that go to far away places to help out are great but must suffer the conseuences 622 PM 1 Aug 2014 The time to be Messianic is now Word Hordes of the World Unite I feel like I Random House Webster's College Dictionary: 1996 Graduation Promotion justumped off a modern Joyce nightmare Not even my warm bath diet Coke Hi Chew blood sugar highs and restless foot cramps can keep me from the dizzying nature of Wind turbines are ripping Scotland apart and killing tourismElectric bills in Scotland are skyrocketing stop the madness High on ammonia issuing insane orders Grammy award goes to Adele Song of the Year HELLO Reading paperback 3rd edition on back in bath Record of the Year HELLO Listening to audiobook of revised edition Best Pop Solo Performance HELLO HELLO HELLO The inconsistency between editions seems right Lost seems right Unsettled seems right Unfinished loop seems to capture the Burroughs sense of a living text I m adrift Wet certainly Drowning Cut the word lines Cut the music lines Smash the control images Smash the control machine Burn the books Kill the priests Kill Kill Kill Amazing how the haters losers keep tweeting the name Fkface Von Clownstick like they are so original like no one else is doing it 935 AM 3 May 2013 Welcome Mr President President Trump welcome to the future nothing here now but circling word dust dead postcard falling through space between world this road in this sharp spell of carrion Imagine that the cable box has only 20 channels Imagine that these channels are playing a variety of sex films a documentary on parasitic and poisonous insects of the a sci fi police drama strangely analogous to Dr Who no Daleks sorry and a film about Making Mentoring Happen A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program junkies Now imagine what all this would look like when the TV was set toump randomly among channels every few seconds This is the best description I can give to the text of The Soft Machine however this belies the strange almost coherence contained despite the channel change static bursts I found myself imagining at every punctuation mark A time traveling agent attempting to foil religious mind control regulate drug usage among those without proper documentation The strange religious sacrifices capital punishment he could fall prey to flicker in and out of the picture The unnerving presence of the Doctor Benway flickers in and out much less noticably than in Naked Lunch but there all the same The fever dreams of the unk sick flicker against sexual gratification boys undressing the smell of rancid tide flatrectal mucousWhat it means if anything I don t know nor do I really care Searching for a blatant narrative in this book is a convoluted search indeed but if you. Ories of science Burroughs is truly the Hieronymous Bosch of our time In this surreal savage and brilliantly funny seuel to Naked Lunch Burroughs's famous 'cut up' techniue. ,