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This is basically a book of info sourced from all the other books on Burroughs that have come out in the last 25 years. The author basically took every mention of magic and the occult from other sources and recast them in his own words. The only reason I bought the book was for the info on Burroughs' influence on the English late 70s/early 80s industrial music scene. I believe that the REsearch book on Burroughs and Gysin is still the primary sourcebook for this aspect of Burroughs' artistic life. There snippets here and there of new info, but most of it I know from having read other books on Burroughs. But....If you are a Burroughs completist, then by all means buy this book. Like I did!
This is a fascinating biography that explores the occult interests of William S. Burroughs. I always knew Burroughs was into magic and learned a lot from what he shares in his books, but this was fascinating to read because it speaks to his experiences and interests in magic and where those interests started as well as what he explored. Whether you're an occultist or a die hard Burroughs fan, this is a must read book.
Very readable, very intriguing. "The Magical Universe" broadened my appreciation of Burroughs' writing. Author Stevens includes and elaborates on his sources, which makes a great jumping off point for discovering more.
Mr Stevens thoroughly researched his topic and put together a good book on this overlooked area of Burroughs life. I think this is the first book that paid much attention to Burroughs work in this area (that I know of) and about the only thing I've read besides online that talks about Burroughs involvement and influence on the industrial and post-industrial music scene.
very interesting book...William S. Burroughs saw the future of the world and described his visions in his various Cut Up novels. a must read for anyone that is searching for what went on his Burroughs' head and heart.
I lived in the beat hotel next door to bill and there was some magic going on in brion gysin's room in the afternoon.could it have been helped by some excellent pot? Truly a magical time and place.nick smart