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Desc:1984 documentary about W.S. Burroughs (Japanese subtitles) from which many clips have been taken.
Category:Arts, Educational
Tags:Burroughs, naked lunch, william burroughs, beat generation
Submitted:StanleyPain
Date:07/27/09
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Comment count is 7
Keefu
Nice.
foopants
I told you all there are reasons that make Missouri awesome... well real interesting anyway... it kind of fucks you up here.
KnowFuture
Not enough stars in any universe.
StanleyPain
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).
KnowFuture
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.

StanleyPain
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)

Paracelsus
Well, for that matter seek out any live performance of Bill's stuff by Bill. He's a natural entertainer and storyteller and it shows. That to me is what is so interesting about his technique...it's literature by anecdote.

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