I told you all there are reasons that make Missouri awesome... well real interesting anyway... it kind of fucks you up here.
Not enough stars in any universe.
Before this gets pushed off the front page, I would just like to say I'm a huge Burroughs fan. A lot of people say shit like "I read X and it changed my life" for effect, but in all seriousness, reading Naked Lunch when I was about 14-15 really did change my life. I was always curious if there were any good documentaries about him and this is easily better than I think anyone could have hoped for. Obviously a fan would want a documentary like this to last hours and hours, but for what it is, it's extremely good, portraying Burroughs himself, really, rather than obsessing over his persona and mythos (which is the problem I had with Gonzo and HS Thompson).
I hear you. I read Naked Lunch when I was about 18 years old and it fucked me up, but in a useful, dealing-with-the-outside-world sort of way. Do yourself a favor and if you haven't already, seek out the recordings of Burroughs reading "Naked Lunch" himself. His vocal inflections---you can tell when he starts to get into his favorite parts of the book----add a whole new dimension to the work.
It's funny you should mention this since literally just two days ago I acquired the audiobook reading of Burroughs doing Naked Lunch (the whole book, not just those lame snippet CDs with 40 minutes of shitty freeform music)
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