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With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker Paperback – November 15, 1996
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Burroughs, the eccentric, brilliant artist who burned the bridge with logic and wrote the classic Naked Lunch, has a court recorder in Victor Bockris. Bockris has collected into a cogent whole the man's most brilliant moments of conversation, thinking, and interview repartee. This fascinating material, gleaned from the fertile time at Burroughs's New York headquarters, the Bunker (which was located on the Bowery, three blocks from CBGB), encompasses the years 1974 to 1980, and also includes a 1991 Burroughs interview from Interview magazine. The Beats' devotion to subjective experience has left readers with a profound amount of objective material to analyze and debate. Choice public and private utterances, hallucinatory and prescient diatribes such as these, remain rich sources of literary history. As Americans we find the Beats' approach to life romantic, even heroic. Tearing the walls down in the name of freedom and spirituality strikes a particularly pilgrimesque chord. With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker is a fascinating compendium of Burroughs-speak, so complete it can be considered a credo.
About the Author
Victor Bockris is the author of many critically acclaimed and bestselling books including his seminal Warhol biography and Making Tracks: The Rise of Blondie.
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The results are interesting only if you are a Burroughs fan. This is a portrait of a genius surrounded by his not-so-smart celebrity friends. Burroughs spends his time politely tolerating the presence of these people. His friends don't really get it, however --- they think "Bill" is here to have a big party, and they go on and on about their lives, asking him inane questions, while he waits for his chance to say something intelligent. He always comes across as thoughtful, someone who knows more than anyone else in the room. That's the best part of the book, when Burroughs gets an extended monologue on any subject.
But those monologues are too rare to justify reading this book. The interviews just don't dig very deep. You'll learn a lot more about Burroughs' cooking habits and his hobby of collecting canes (for self-defense against muggers) than you do about his ideas. If you've read everything else by --- and about --- Burroughs, you might enjoy this. But you would do better reading Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, and Ted Morgan's biography..