William Burroughs

hoochmonkey9

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I didn't think the Miles bio was well received here. I couldn't get past the first 20 pages.
 

Bukfan

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Right, it was´nt well received here. I did´nt like it either. I remember making a post mentioning the fuck up's Miles made. It does´nt even come close to the Sounes bio, far from it.
 

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Miles is a biography machine. Seems like he cranks out a new bio every eighteen months. I don't think you can compare him to someone like Sounes who spent so much time researching Bukowski's life.
 

Bukfan

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He sure wrote a bunch of biographies. This new Burroughs biography of his has gotten great reviews so maybe he's finally written a biography above average.
I´ve got his Frank Zappa biography and it only got so-so reviews. I wonder if his authorized Paul McCartney biography is a good read.
 
Linda Bukowski once told me, that she thinks Miles' Buk-bio is the best of them all. (that was in 2010 i.e. pre-David-Calonne.)
 
I've read the Sounes, Chervoski, and Calonne ones but I've never heard of this Buk bio written by Miles, is it worth buying it ?
 
I don't think it is. Also, while this site is not a bio, it really functions as the most accurate and informative
repository that exists. That probably goes without saying.
 

Bukfan

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have decided to not scan but just photograph them, since it's faster and thus enables me to post a larger amount at a time.

Don't know, if these pics are commonly known anyway. If so, delete the overrun. If not: enjoy.
Thanks a lot, Roni! I have´nt seen any of them before except for two or three. That's some great Burroughs photo book you´ve got.

Anybody picked this up yet or plan to?
I´ve just ordered it from Amazon (Barry Miles: "Call Me Burroughs") and judging from the reviews in various papers and on Amazon, and from the many preview pages on Amazon, it's a real treat. It's a brick of a book too, 736 pages. I see it was released on Jan. 28. What a nice way to celebrate Burroughs´ 100th birthday (Feb.5). I´ll bet we´ll see many books, etc. on Burroughs this year.
 
I liked the Red Night trilogy a lot.

Cities of the Red Night
The Place of Dead Roads
The Western Lands
I've always loved the Red Night trilogy. I found the Western Lands to be a little slow and dry, but I think both Cities and Dead Roads show a very developed, mature side to Burroughs.
 

Bukfan

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I stumbled over a site about the Burroughs/Gysin "Dream Machine" for meditation that explains how it works (something about alfa-beta-theta waves), but not only that, it also links to a page on the site with an online dream machine you can watch and use for meditation. It turns the site into a blinking screen using the right alfa-beta-theta waves. You can even decide the speed and which colors you want to use. Does it work? I have´nt the faintest idea, but it might be worth trying out.

Here's the link to the site:

http://www.bluestwave.com/toolbox_dreammachine.php

And here's the link to the dream machine:

http://www.bluestwave.com/tools/dreammachine.html
 

chronic

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There was a Burroughs exhibition at LACMA in 1994 (I think) and they had a full-sized, operating dream machine there. You could sit inside this circular kiosk while it turned. It wasn't the original machine but a replica.
 

Bukfan

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That's pretty cool if it worked as Gysin and Burroughs intended. Maybe I should try one one day. Who knows, maybe Gysin and Burroughs were onto something useful in the meditation department.
 
There was a Burroughs exhibition at LACMA in 1994 (I think) and they had a full-sized, operating dream machine there. You could sit inside this circular kiosk while it turned. It wasn't the original machine but a replica.
I saw a dream machine at an exhibition in Namur (BE). Didn't do anything for me but quite fun.... Again that was a replica. Perhaps I needed one with some of that old Gysin magic dust on it.
 

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Burroughs and the rest of the "beats" were full of horse manure, otherwise known as shit. Any questions?
 

mjp

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I have a question - do you want me to come over and shit all over your forum?

If not, stop being an asshole on this one.
 

jddougher

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I have a question - do you want me to come over and shit all over your forum?
If you want, sure. Since when did expressing an opinion constitute shitting on a forum? I give up. Plus your attitude stinks. Hopefully you have a moderator or two who can save you from yourself.
 

hoochmonkey9

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Maybe stop posting when you're drinking, because you're an ugly drunk. And you are shitting all over the forum and while I have no problem with your opinion, you're spouting it like an asshole, and I have a problem with assholes.
 

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Since when did expressing an opinion constitute shitting on a forum?
Well, you posted a picture of an actual shit in another thread - which I deleted - and I'd say that constitutes shitting on a forum.
 

Bukfan

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Full of horse manure? That's what I call a well researched sholarly opinion one can hardly argue against. :rolleyes:
What a great idea to go to a thread about Burroughs and write the Beats were full of horse manure. If I did´nt know any better I would think it was meant as a provocation. How about going to a forum about The Beatles and say the same thing, but that would be trolling, right?
 
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The video above reminds me of a passage in the Bukowski biography by Howard Sounes:

Of the beat writers only William Burroughs had given him the cold shoulder, snubbing him at a reading, which was ironic because Burroughs was the only one he admired. Bukowski muttered about going outside and fighting him.
'I could push him over with one punch,' he told Harold Norse, who knew them both.
'Yeah, but you'd be dead,' said Norse. 'He'd shoot you.'
 

mjp

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I think Sounes might have been using a little poetic license of his own when he said admired.
 
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