Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

"Naked Lunch"

I just finished up book #8 in my Summer Reading Program. Books #6 and #7 were the second and third in the Bosch mystery series. The book was a compendium of the first 3 books in the series, so after I finished the first, I just kept on reading. I'm not sure why I chose "Naked Lunch." It was only after I had started reading it that I did some research into it, and found it to be one of the classics of the Beat Generation. William Burroughs was one of the 3 big authors of the times along with Ginsberg ("Howl") and Kerouac ("On the Road"). I first heard about the book in college when I was researching my favorite band, Steely Dan. They got their name from the book. It was the name of a dildo. A dildo with a name?!? Years later I saw the movie that was made about the book. It was a complete and total mindfuck. I had no idea what was going on. I later found out that it was more of a biography of Burroughs with twisted imagery from the book. I now want to watch it again. Some images are burned into my memory even though I only saw the movie once over 20 years ago. There are aliens with phallic appendages coming out of their heads which drip a creamy white substance that people suck on to get high. Yeahhhhh. I wanted to read the book to figure out what was supposed to be happening. The book didn't help much. It reads more like a long poem than a novel. It's just a bunch of disjointed thoughts from a gay junkie (Burroughs). He did a LOT of heroin and other drugs and he describes his trips and comedowns in the book. It's also one of the most homoerotic books I have ever read outside of just good ol' gay porn. He seemed to have a thing for autoerotic asphyxiation. The book was deemed obscene when it was first published, but a court decision ruled that it was art. I guess I'm glad that I read it. I just want to go back to books with things like plot and storyline.
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