Entitled Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict and authored pseudonymously by “William Lee” (Burroughs’ mother’s maiden. Junkie by William Lee – book cover, description, publication history. Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict (Junky) A novel by William Lee ( William S. New York: Ace Books, No. D First Edition, a paperback original. INSCRIBED by Burroughs, once on the title page of Junkie: For Allen De Loach / With.
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His descriptions of the “junk territories” his alter ego inhabits are, in fact, depictions of urban alienation itself.
Burroughs never managed to recover from his addiction at all, and died in physically dependent on the synthetic opiate methadone. You can revive it by posting a reply. Ace published no hardcover books, only cheap paperbacks, which sold for very little; Burroughs earned less than a cent royalty on each purchase. You can reread this entire text, assuming the hypothesis of addiction as a latent pathology, present in the individual prior to unredemeed having any direct experience of chemical dependency, and everything that Burroughs says about habitual heroin use begins to make perfect sense.
I find this a delicious irony: On the Road Jack Kerouac. Self-deluding, vain, narcissistic, self-obsessed, and yet curiously perceptive about the sickness of the world if not his own malaise, Burroughs both offered up and was compelled to provide his psyche as a form of Petri dish, within which were cultured the obsessive and compulsive viruses of modernity. Burroughs Jujkie William S.
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There has never been a criminal confession better calculated to discourage imitiation by thrilling hungry teen-agers. An open homosexual and a drug addict, his quintessentially Midwestern libertarianism led him to eschew any command economy of ethics, while his personal inclinations meant he had to travel with distastefully socialist and liberal fellows.
Burroughs himself described it junmie “the accidental shooting death”; and although he jumped bail, he was only convicted — in absentia by the Mexican court — of homicide.
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Naked Scientology The Adding Machine: Views Read Edit View history. In subsequent sections the substantive facts are replaced by a more confesaions, desperate search for meaning and escape from criminal sanction and permanent addiction.
1914: William S. Burroughs – Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict
Burroughs’ own conception of himself was essentially fictional, and it’s not superfluous to observe that before he began to write with any fixity he had already become a character in other writers’ works, most notably in Jack Kerouac’s On the Unerdeemed.
Later, in the s, two audiobook editions were released, one read by actor David Carradineand another read by Burroughs himself. With Junkyalso spelled JunkieWilliam S.
Assuming that Burroughs ‘ assertion that many facts, descriptions of feelings, etc are factual and truthful, Junky would be an excellent guide to better understand the world of “junk” and “junk users”, as Fonfessions calls it. We follow them unfedeemed they slink furtively to their ‘meets’ in dim-lit cafeterias and sleazy bars. Both Junkie and Narcotic Agent have covers of beautiful garishness, featuring s damsels in distress. To present Junky as a lifestyle choice it probably did not fit the bill to explain that despite his good education and relative carefree life, receiving a monthly allowance from a trust fund, Burroughs was attracted to criminal behaviour, and the Beat Generation started with a murder in which Kerouac was charged as an accessory and Burroughs as a material witness, in However, in the Prologue Burroughs gives an all but sketchy impression of his life leading up to his life as a “junk”.
Surely cohfessions one for whom alienation, and a lack of either moral or spiritual direction, was inbuilt.
Junkie by William Lee
This edition is a highly desired collectible and even below-average-condition copies have been known to cost hundreds of dollars.
Wynwho owned Ace Books. I belabour these events for two reasons. In a letter to Allen Ginsberg who had worried that the book constituted a justification of Burroughs’ addiction off, he inveighed: Retrieved from ” https: The Last Beat William S. Certainly, the hypothesis of murderous impulsiveness squares better with the impromptu “William Tell act” whereby he called upon Vollmer to place a glass upon her head, which he would then shoot off than his own confessioons in the face of an act of such cruel stupidity and fatal rashness.
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