Junky A Legendary Account Of Heroin Addiction, Drawn From William S Burroughs Own LifeIn This Complete And Unexpurgated Edition Of One Of The Most Powerful Books About Drug Addiction, William S Burroughs Depicts The Addict S Life His Hallucinations, His Ghostly Nocturnal Wanderings, His Strange Sexuality, And His Hunger For The Needle Following Its Hero From His Midwestern Birthplace To New York, New Orleans, And Mexico City, Junky Is A Memorable And Shocking Demonstration Of The Junk Equation Junk Is Not, Like Alcohol Or Weed, A Means To Increased Enjoyment Of Life Junk Is Not A Kick It Is A Way Of Life Before His Breakthrough, Naked Lunch, An Unknown William S Burroughs Wrote Junk, His First Book, A Candid, Eyewitness Account Of Times And Places That Are Now Long Gone This Book Brings Them Vividly To Life Again It Is An Unvarnished Field Report From The American Postwar Underground For This Definitive Th Anniversary Edition, Eminent Burroughs Scholar Oliver Harris Has Painstakingly Re Created The Author S Original Text, Word By Word, From Archival Typescripts Here For The First Time Are Burroughs S Own Unpublished Introduction And An Entire Omitted Chapter, Along With Many Lost Passages And Auxiliary Texts By Allen Ginsberg And Others Harris S Comprehensive Introduction Reveals The Composition History Of Junk S Text And Places Its Contents Against A Lively Historical Background

William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century

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  • Paperback
  • 158 pages
  • Junky
  • William S. Burroughs
  • English
  • 13 September 2019
  • 9780140043518

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 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 nothing than 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 habit Doolie 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 tumescent Burroughs 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 normal What 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 fix Angelo 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 Mary It 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 a and recalcitrant 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 addict When 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 Yage Yage may be the final fix If you haven t read my Naked Lunch review it is actually not too bad Naked Lunch ReviewIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie 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  2. says:

    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 some very soon.

  3. says:

    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 Junky 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.

  4. says:

    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 day, even when I used to use caffeine and nicotine as my fuel of choice things were confusing annoying inexplicable and that was just the people I had to interact with Maybe I m interacting with the wrong people Possibly I did used to work with someone who enjoyed the heady combination of taking Speed and driving very large bits of dangerous machinery this was his actual job he didn t just nip out and steal it Amusing to watch but you always needed to be at least 50m away to safely observe this without getting your head removed from your shoulders and conversation was not ever on the menu, well not in any sensible format anyway.Burroughs on the other hand manages to present his Junky lifestyle in a nice lucid epistolary format Which is probably a pretty good indication that he wasn t high as kite when he wrote a lot of this Is that cheating He manages to get across the hapless, seedy, chancer side of his existence which is, on the surface, a rootless one which sees him drift from place to place with an motley assortment of characters who are all intent on scoring Junk or any other chemicals which will help stave off the Junk craving This rootlessness does seem to be a bit of a sham though because half way through we get the after thought mentioning of his family back home Yup Mrs B and the kids are back home waiting for pops to turn up Now much like when I read Kerouac, if I d read this as a 15 year old too I d have been all hells yeah, do what you want and don t be pinned down by convention As someone of double that age I re read Kerouac and though, hmmm you re a bit of a dick really aren t you Similar thoughts passed through my head about Burroughs at this point Burroughs does try to get clean at several points in the story and always fails spectacularly to stay on the wagon but he is very sanguine about this and he doesn t attempt to glamorize drug use Being strung out and scrabbling about in the streets filching off fellow addicts is not a recommended way of life but it does make for excellent reading.

  5. says:

    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 anecdote of one hellish past Here avant gardism is found in the Motley Crew of malcontents users, pushers, rehab ers, robbers, victims, victims, vic an encyclopedic index of sorts Novel in Lexicon See Dictionary of the Khazars M Pavic Burroughs is indeed the true King of the Beats ya know, the dudes who hardly ever mentioned their wives in their self important exploits And I am than satisfied by the concrete truth.

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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 have yet to find out why While he offers a grisly account of opiate addiction, it s hard for me to say that Junky is an important piece of literature It spawned many copy cat memoirs and was influential to the genre of confessional fiction, which I find to be overrated.

  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 does none of that It also doesn t make drug abuse look cool A modern day equivalent might be Bojack Horseman if Bojack wasn t filthy rich I loved it And it s super short so if you don t like it, you haven t wasted much time with it.

  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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