The Adding Machine

The Adding Machine

Selected Essays

Book - 1986 | First American edition
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Baker & Taylor
Essays discuss critics, women, immortality, William Reich, Jack Kerouac, Marcel Proust, Graham Greene, and Burroughs's life, career and influences

Publisher: New York : Seaver Books : Distributed by H. Holt and Co., 1986
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780805000009
0805000003
Branch Call Number: 813 B972a
Characteristics: 205 pages ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 19, 2013

Interest seems to have grown in Burroughs since his death, as there's been at least one documentary and two feature films in which he's a character (currently "Kill Your Darlings"). "Naked Lunch" remains a seminal underground text, but I still don't think people appreciate how radical and influential Burroughs was. He's one of the rare writers whose influences hops across the border and into film (Cronenberg) and music (Joy Division, Steely Dan). This is a witty, opinionated and iconoclastic collection of essays about his fellows writers (Hemingway, Kerouac, Fitzgerald, Beckett) and a wide range of topics, including psychology, space, the intelligence community, cut-ups, literary criticism and Wilhelm Reich.

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