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KINDLE á Yonqui Ø William Burroughs public Yonqui, en , gracias a los buenos oficios de Allen Ginsberg, que se pase con el manuscrito bajo el brazo por diversas editoriales hasta dar con Carl Solomon, un editor m s valiente y m s desesperado que otros, y que a os despu s confes que era tal el terror que le daba trabajar con semejante material que estuvo a punto de sufrir un colapso Y as fue como apareci uno de los libros m ticos de la literatura americana de nuestro siglo, pero tambi n uno de los m s prohibidos y subterr neos, en una editorial marginal, bajo el pseud nimo de William Lee Burroughs a n no era el autor de El almuerzo desnudo, ni se hab a constituido en el gran visionario de nuestra poca, que ha inspirado a escritores, a m sicos, a pintores y a cineastas, pero en esta descarnada, deslumbrante cr nica de una adicci n los vagabundeos en busca de droga, la avidez por el chute, la peculiar sexualidad y las no menos extra as relaciones nacidas en la comuni n de la droga estaba ya el fundamento de toda su obra posterior Para Burroughs, un audaz explorador del lado m s salvaje de la vida y la literatura, todo debe ser experimentado hasta el l mite, aunque l nunca pierde la distancia de la inteligencia Para llegar al para so de la droga hay que hundirse en su infierno, puesto que ambos son lo mismo, y la degradaci n nunca est muy lejos de la revelaci n Porque la droga, finalmente, no es un medio para aumentar el goce ni un estimulante es una manera de vivir This could be the best anti drug book ever written It is certainly the odd boy out in the Burroughs family of novels.This is not the William S Burroughs of The Wild Boys A Book of the Dead Burroughs, William S and certainly not the same guy who wrote Naked Lunch The Restored Text This is a Burroughs who s not talking to himself or talking to his admirers Instead this an author who is stretching to reach the reader with the actual smelly, lonely, desperate, empty reality of the junky.It This could be the best anti drug book ever written It is certainly the odd boy out in the Burroughs family of novels.This is not the William S Burroughs of The Wild Boys A Book of the Dead Burroughs, William S and certainly not the same guy who wrote Naked Lunch The Restored Text This is a Burroughs who s not talking to himself or talking to his admirers Instead this an author who is stretching to reach the reader with the actual smelly, lonely, desperate, empty reality of the junky.It s a reality that Burroughs has explored in his fiction and that he has occasionally mined for characters and atmosphere But nowhere, not even in Exterminator has he come as close to offering up this direct if bleak conversation with the reader It s worth noting that, outside the world of book lovers, this may be his most well known work because it does such a stark and effective job of describing the day to day world as it s experienced by the junky.Lynn Hoffman, author of the somewhat different bang BANG A Novel 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 ser 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 that is what the book is about, creating a reaction It is probably one of the most creative books I ve read, but also a book that frequently made me very uncomfortable So given the success of my second reading of Naked Lunch I decided to read Burroughs first published work Junky British title or Junkie American title Burroughs insisted for a long time in calling the book Junk, but the publisher refused to put that label on the book believing that the American public might actually believe it to be just thatjunk Allen Ginsberg is the reason the book even exists He d been in correspondence with Burroughs and had been impressed by how intelligent and fascinating Bill s letters were proving to be Ginsberg insisted that Burroughs needed to thread his life, from those letters, into a book Allen Ginsberg, the man who was determined to see Junky in print.Thus begins the odyssey of Junk Junky Junkie trying to make it into print H and coke You can smell it going in Bill Lee, starts off selling a few caps to make some extra money He has a small habit, but nothingthan recreational use It is under control,like going to see a movie once in a while or going out for a really good meal Dealers, even small scale dealers like Bill, soon start to see the desperation of having a full blown habitDoolie sick was an unnerving sight The envelope of personality was gone, dissolved by his junk hungry cells Viscera and cells, galvanized into a loathsome insect like activity, seemed on the point of breaking through the surface His face was blurred, unrecognizable, at the same time shrunken and tumescentBurroughs shooting up.We all know someone odd, someone living an alternative bohemian lifestyle, someone floating in a constant haze of pharmaceutical diversion, but most of us know maybe one or two people that would fit that definition Bill starts to know so many people that match that profile that it becomes normalWhat a crew Mooches, fags, four flushers, stool pigeons, bums unwilling to work, unable to steal, always short of money, always whining for credit In the whole lot there was not one who wouldn t wilt and spill as soon as someone belted him in the mouth and said Where did you get it And that is exactly what happens Bill gets picked up and it soon becomes apparent that a conviction is imminent What was jamming Bill up was the Harrison Act of 1914 It was a tax meant to regulate the market, but was interpreted by the law as a way to prohibit the sale of opiates William Burroughs s uncle Horace committed suicide just days after the act was passed He was addicted to morphine, the result of several medical procedures, and he couldn t face the thought of living without the necessary solace of the drug A good lawyer gets Bill bail, based on his good family name, and Bill knowing he can t handle jail heads for Mexico Due to stress or just having the ready access to drugs soon has him becoming a full time junky When he is on junk his sex drive is diminished, but when he is off the junk his libido becomes as all consuming as getting his next fixAngelo s face was Oriental, Japanese looking, except for his copper skin He was not queer, and I gave him money always the same amount, twenty pesos Sometimes I didn t have that much and he would say No importa It does not matter He insisted on sweeping the apartment out whenever he spent the night there.Once I connected with Angelo, I did not go back to the Chimu Mexico or stateside, queer bars brought me down Bill likes boys, but he also likes girls, wellpros like MaryIt you really want to bring a man down, light a cigarette in the middle of intercourse Of course, I really don t like men at all sexually What I really dig is chicks I get a kick out of taking a proud chick and breaking her spirit, making her see she is just an animal A chick is never as beautiful after she s been broken Say, this is sort of a fireside kick, she said, pointing to the radio which was the only light in the room Both scenariosVintage Burroughs An Ace Original published in 1953 Burroughs made one cent on each copy sold The book now sells in shabby condition for 450 and in collector s condition for over a 1000 So after a lot of arm twisting Ginsberg finally convinces the owner of Ace Books A A Wyn to publish Junkie Wyn didn t like the book, but his son Carl Solomon had done a stint with Ginsberg in a psychiatric hospital in New Jersey and was also lobbying hard for the book to be published There is a good lesson to be learned here, always use every opportunity to make new connections whether you are in a loony bin or attending an upscale cocktail party You may find the same people both places.Ginsberg had the thankless job of editing the book and being the middleman between a disgruntled publisher and aandrecalcitrant Burroughs Ginsberg was soon the only person in the equation that even cared if the book made it to print Finally his dream is realized and the book is published as a paperback original Ace Double or what we used to call in the book biz a 69 The other book on the flip side was Narcotic Agent by Maurice Helbrant which was a nonfiction account of busting drug dealers Burroughs was at first furious at the pairing, but after reading the Helbrant book he grudgingly admitted it wasn t too bad It is impossible to separate William S Burroughs from Bill Lee William Lee was his pen name and the name under which he published this book The writing style in Junky is not anything like Naked Lunch This book is very accessible, honestly told, and graphically realistic You will meet a cast of characters with names like George the Greek, Pantopon Rose, Louie the Bellhop, Eric the Fag, the Beagle, the Sailor and Joe the Mex You will come away from reading this book believing you have a better idea of Burroughs the man He lived it and he didn t pull any punches about what it means to be an addictWhen you quit junk, everything seems flat, but you remember the shot schedule, the static horror of junk, your life draining into your arm three times a day Every time exactly that much less Being on junk is like resting in the arms of a beautiful woman, but if you stay on it too long those arms become withered and instead of looking into the face of angel you find yourself staring into the face of a toothless crone I m hearing about this new kick called YageYage may be the final fix If you haven t read my Naked Lunch review it is actually not too bad Naked Lunch Review If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at 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 ma 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 that special, weasely, droney junky non charm to an extent which leads me to believe he kept his mirror pretty clean most of the time I mean the mirror he looked at himelf in, not thenever mind.For those of you who ve never met a dope addict, there are also some amusing and astutely descriptive scenes involving a period when our protagonist tries to get off the junk by assuming a regiment of absurdly excessive alcohol abuse You ve known a drunk before, right Once he goes off his rocker and starts finding himself a recurrent troublemaking fool, his once supportive friends start telling him he should maybe think about quitting the booze and going back to the needle for his own sake, and for their own collective sanity Somehow Ole Willy s self deprecatingly accurate descriptions of his drunken blackout behavior and experiences with cyclical, hangover induced mental torture when compared with the very real dangers of morphine addiction leads to a comically black lesser of two evils type of fork in the road Wait, did he just make me laugh talking about that Did he just talk himself back into drug addiction because it s less outlandish than being a raging alcoholic Yes, people totally think like that when they re all strung out Ha Oh, Papa Bill.I would suggest reading this again if it s been a while I was surprised anew by Burroughs s dirty poetry I think I ll reread somevery soon 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 youJunky was a concise yet vivid account of heroin addiction, delineated by someone who d actually lived the life Though the book was often bleak, it never degraded itself by indI 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 youJunky was a concise yet vivid account of heroin addiction, delineated by someone who d actually lived the life Though the book was often bleak, it never degraded itself by indulging in self pity or tearful sentimentality In fact, its subtle dry humor crackled and even spit occasional sparks Overall, it was honest, lucid and powerful Burroughs already evinced quite a bit of genuine skill and talent in this, his very first novel