In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling Junky. The Definitive Text of "Junk". by William S. Burroughs. ebook. In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the s into a work that. eBook . In work and in life, William S. Burroughs () expressed a constant subversion of the morality, His numerous books include Naked Lunch, Junky, Queer, Nova Express, Interzone, The Wild Boys, The.
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From hipster to so-called Godfather of Punk, William Burroughs has lived a controversial life as a leading member of the Beat Generation and a daring writer of psychedelic literary experiments, but, when he reached his seventieth birthday in , it was almost as if he had been overtaken by respectability. Burroughs was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in as the grandson of the man who invented the adding machine and a descendant of Robert E. Lee of Civil War fame. He attended Harvard University. Later while living a bohemian life in association with such Beat writers as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, Burroughs became addicted to morphine and under the pseudonym William Lee published his first novel, Junkie, in as half of an Ace Double Books paperback.
Louis Post-Dispatch , covering the police docket. He disliked the work, and refused to cover some events, like the death of a drowned child.
He lost his virginity in an East St. Louis brothel that summer with a female prostitute he regularly patronized.
He visited lesbian dives, piano bars, and the Harlem and Greenwich Village homosexual underground with Richard Stern, a wealthy friend from Kansas City. They would drive from Boston to New York in a reckless fashion.
Once, Stern scared Burroughs so much, he asked to be let out of the vehicle. It was enough to keep him going, and indeed it guaranteed his survival for the next twenty-five years, arriving with welcome regularity. The allowance was a ticket to freedom; it allowed him to live where he wanted to and to forgo employment. He traveled to Europe and became involved in Austrian and Hungarian Weimar -era LGBT culture ; he picked up young men in steam baths in Vienna, and moved in a circle of exiles, homosexuals, and runaways.
There, he met Ilse Klapper, a Jewish woman fleeing the country's Nazi government. The two were never romantically involved, but Burroughs married her, in Croatia , against the wishes of his parents, to allow her to gain a visa to the United States.
She made her way to New York City, and eventually divorced Burroughs, although they remained friends for many years. In , his mental health became a concern for his parents, especially after he deliberately severed the last joint of his left little finger, right at the knuckle, to impress a man with whom he was infatuated.
Beginning of the Beats Burroughs enlisted in the U. Army early in , shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the U. But when he was classified as a 1-A Infantry, not an officer, he became dejected. His mother recognized her son's depression and got Burroughs a civilian disability discharge—a release from duty based on the premise he should have not been allowed to enlist due to previous mental instability.
After being evaluated by a family friend, who was also a neurologist at a psychiatric treatment center, Burroughs waited five months in limbo at Jefferson Barracks outside St. Louis before being discharged. During that time he met a Chicago soldier also awaiting release, and once Burroughs was free, he moved to Chicago and held a variety of jobs, including one as an exterminator.
When two of his friends from St. Burroughs and Kerouac got into trouble with the law for failing to report a murder involving Lucien Carr , who had killed David Kammerer in a confrontation over Kammerer's incessant and unwanted advances.
The two fledgling authors were unable to get it published, but the manuscript was eventually published in November by Grove Press and Penguin Books. During this time, Burroughs began using morphine and became addicted. He eventually sold heroin in Greenwich Village to support his habit.
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. 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 I decided to reread Naked Lunch. 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. 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 that Allen Ginsberg is the reason the book even exists.
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.
You can smell it going in. He has a small habit, but nothing more than recreational use. It is under control, more 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 habit. 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 tumescent. 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 normal. Mooches, fags, four-flushers, stool pigeons, bums--unwilling to work, unable to steal, always short of money, always whining for credit. Bill gets picked up and it soon becomes apparent that a conviction is imminent. What was jamming Bill up was the Harrison Act of It was a tax meant to regulate the market, but was interpreted by the law as a way to prohibit the sale of opiates.