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Scientologist!: William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' Paperback – March 9, 2013
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"5 out of 5" - Flavorpill
"an engrossing read" - Tony Ortega
"Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the "Weird Cult" is a marvellous, thoroughly researched, and well-written volume that should be of interest to fan and scholar alike." - Matthew Levi Stevens
"If you're a William S. Burroughs or a Beat Generation fan, this is a must-read." Daily Beat Blog
"this is a must-read" - Cambodia Book Club
"Read it, it's good!" PopDose
"Quite Fascinating" - John Tytell, author of Naked Angels
"seems interesting" - Tao Lin, author of Taipei
"David S. Wills presents a page-turning account of this, an indispensable read for any Burroughs scholar, whether academic or autodidact." - Marc Olmsted
About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0956952526
- ISBN-13 : 978-0956952523
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.51 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Beatdom Books (March 9, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It sympathetically exposed a side of Burroughs I wasn't familiar with.
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Frankly, I applaud David S. Wills' patience and perseverence. The amount of research he has done to write this book is massive.
Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' sheds a lot of light on a big part of the legendary author's life I wasn't familar with. In fact, it makes me want to reread all of his books.
Wills starts off by recounts Burroughs' childhood experiences, encounters and traumas that eventually made him who he was, and which played a crucial role in his interest for L Ron Hubbard' dianetics and the e-meter.
The dynamics between William Seward and the "Church of Scientology" is nothing short of fascinating. When you start thinking about certain themes addressed in Burroughs' books (Nova triolgy, red night trilogy) such as mind control, language as a virus, it all makes sense. The problem is: Burroughs thought Scientology was a way to rid the world of mind control. Little did he know that Scientology uses this very technique to dominate people. Besides Burroughs' wild ride with Scientology, Wills provides juicy details about the author's private life and aspirations, his failures and accomplishments, that made me want to reexplore his books, which I now see completely differently.