Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting. Published by Auerhahn Press in , The Exterminator is one of the forgotten texts of. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that “Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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Refresh and try again. Burroughs’ imagination, memories and mind is a truly unique experience. View all 8 comments. The machinery is laid bare. Rarely have I read stories so beautifully written, so original and thrilling Wind die.

I would give the first vignettes only about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang! Books by William S. Ballard considered Burroughs to be “the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War”, while Norman Mailer declared him “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius”. I began to wonder if I had any intellect while reading this because I would stop at the end of the paragraph and have forgotten everything I had just read only seconds ago.

Navy in to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs.

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 William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee; February burgoughs, — August 2, was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. The approach to take is as follows: It is not to be confused with The Exterminatoranother collection of stories Burroughs published in in collaboration with Brion Gysin.


Jan 05, George Huxley burrougys it really liked it.

Also a plot about an exterminator and heroin I think. I guess maybe on some level I bought into the bullshit Burroughs spreads here about “subversive” art which, honestly, even if some of this was at the time, it’s possible to outlive your context, you know? He may be our only writer whose socio-political apocalyptica transcend both paranoia and triviality; his imagination is superb, his ear savagely satiric, but something is missing Sep 28, Chris bufroughs it did not like it. Not as good as junky but better than Naked Lunch, thanks for another wild ride Mr.

Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Burroughs fault so much as mine, reading stuff way above my literary level. What fascinates me most is the way the author makes this experimental novel autobiographical.

Clearly I misunderstood the term “experimental novel” wiilliam it contained rather more sodomy than I was prepared for. Oct 08, Brandon Montgomery rated it really liked it Shelves: However, some of them were quite good, and I like how Burroughs writes about his time in Chicago. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.

Retrieved from ubrroughs https: Burroughs himself, though not completely devoid of racist tendencies, is not the super-racist, super-cynical Moe Szyslak the characters and narrators of this book clearly are. I went to reread it, and it was a lot worse than I remembered. Jul 16, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: In my defence, I studied science and not a literature and I am sure that others find this book to be a work of literary genius, but I am not Okay, this book was seriously confusing and I had to force myself through it.


The closest to a short story collection by the cranky and exterminatlr William S.


Milner rated it liked it. The Last Beat William S. Short guy with a hat. Lists with This Book. Jun 19, Robert rated it did not like it. I caught myself wondering whether some Americans might not be offended by the grotesque picaresque send-ups of American society which Burroughs creates in these short stories.

William Seward Burroughs II, also bburroughs by his pen name William Lee; February 5, — August 2, was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. I look forward to our next encounter?

I remember a picture of the two together. Well, this has been an interesting voyage back into the world of Burroughs. I guess Burroughs’s writing was too smart for me to figure out overall. Reader is at least shocked with his apocalyptic images of a man decomposing into its animalistic nature. Burroughs on the Road Corso: Sep 15, Matt Piechocinski rated it it was exterminatoor.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mar 29, Sophia rated it did not like it Shelves: I’m not sure, and I don’t really mind.

It sucked and it was dumb. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Apparently an “experimental novel”, though exterminatkr reads more like a collection of vaguely-connected short stories with a vague sense of progression.