The Job - Interviews with William S. Burroughs

The Job Interviews with William S Burroughs The Job is William S Burroughs at work attacking our traditional values condemning what he calls the American nightmare and expressing his often barbed views on Scientology the police orgone ther

  • Title: The Job - Interviews with William S. Burroughs
  • Author: William S. Burroughs Daniel Odier
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Job is William S Burroughs at work, attacking our traditional values, condemning what he calls the American nightmare, and expressing his often barbed views on Scientology, the police, orgone therapy, history, women, writing, poitics, sex, drugs, and death His conversation splices images of death by hanging with elevators and airports, the story of his drug addictiThe Job is William S Burroughs at work, attacking our traditional values, condemning what he calls the American nightmare, and expressing his often barbed views on Scientology, the police, orgone therapy, history, women, writing, poitics, sex, drugs, and death His conversation splices images of death by hanging with elevators and airports, the story of his drug addiction and cure with ideas on the use of hieroglyphs He has been called the most important and innovative writer to emerge since World War II J.G Ballard, Washington Post Book World Provocative, crackling with anger and intensity,The Job reveals why.

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    1. This is, for me, the peak of Burroughs' articulation of his philosophy. All of the incredible ideas that he'd put into his novels that may've seemed a bit unclear b/c of the fantasticness of their presentation are presented here in a straight discursive form. Here's a sample of some classic Burroughs from page 75: "Q: Any comments on the assassination of Robert Kennedy? "A: It seems likely that the assassination was arranged by the far right, and that the arrangers are now taking this opportunit [...]

    2. Acá Burroughs cede a la tentación de dar su propia versión de la literatura de la segunda persona. No toma la forma de la autoayuda - su variante dominante hoy día - sino otra que estaba en boga por entonces, el manual de estrategias contraculturales. Como una especie de Roger Trinquier al revés, Burroughs asume La tarea de despolicializar la vida psíquica mediante una serie de ejercicios, que incluyen en muchos casos a los grabadores. ¿Grabadores? Los grabadores vendrían a ser para él [...]

    3. Más que entrevistas al estar retocadas por el mismo Burroughs resultan en monólogos a veces premonitorios, anticuados o demasiado limado lo cual amena una lectura que por momentos es depresiva por el mensaje de que el ideal de sociedad justa es una utopía. Por partes también juega con su literatura experimental y se suceden imágenes, descripciones crudas en oraciones de pocas palabras hasta cayendo en incongruencias. Lo extraño es que hay varias frases que repite textuales en distintas par [...]

    4. This book has been a long and close companion to me. Such brilliance articulated with such dry wit. This collection of interviews delivers the fundamental philosophy which powers WSB's fiction work. This should be required reading in high schools.

    5. For those who might not know, William S. Burroughs was associated with members of the original Beat Generation (he co-wrote a novel with Jack Kerouac and lived for a time with Allen Ginsberg). His best-known work is Naked Lunch, and in general his fiction is dystopic—sort of like J.G. Ballard, but with a lot more gangsters and cowboys. And heroin. And auto-erotic asphyxiation.The Job reprints several interviews William S. Burroughs had with Daniel Odier in the late sixties. The questions and a [...]

    6. An extremely important book that should be taught to high school students.Burroughs certainly did have some crackpot ideas such as his advocation of disintegrating the family unit as he believes it to be redundant. On the other hand, his knowledge of drugs is incredible and could do much good in a world in which drugs are vastly misunderstood. His ideas on how cut-ups of the word and film can be applied in various ways are intriguing and seem to offer some promising possibilities on how to fight [...]

    7. Burroughs was the first writer who's ideas truly excited and stimulated me. Naked Lunch was my unlikely platform from which i dove eventually deeper and deeper into Literature with a capital L. Is Burroughs' a writer of Literature with a captital L? It's hard to tell. His work, especially Naked Lunch, is a strange amalgam of Joyce, De Sade and Rabalais, the stream of consciousness drug hallucinations of a sadistic humorist. And whilst Naked Lunch is and will remain a classic work of 20th Century [...]

    8. Very interesting and highly recommended. The format is interesting. He uses questions posed by an "interviewer" as a platform to discuss most everything - Scientology, cut ups, language, media, and other odd ramblings. Very interesting.A few years ago, I made art from cutting up cardboard refuse and making collages, mostly abstract, from the refuse. Having not ever read Burroughs before, I found his theories on cut-up technique very interesting. His description of the "dreamachine" inspired me t [...]

    9. I'd read Naked Lunch, twice, as my introduction into Burroughs, which is like viewing Jackson Pollock or Jasper Johns as an introduction into paint. To say the least, I'd been discouraged by this, after both reads. Now that I've read "The Job" I understand Burroughs on a level I wish I'd always known. He is a prophet, and a visionary madman. I'm glad. Excellent read.

    10. I loved this book. It offers a fairly deep insight in Burroughs' mind, even though he sometimes gave me the feeling he wasn't totally serious. Also sheds a new light on some of his work I read (before and after). He pretty much gives us a clearer perspective on the often incredible and outrageous ideas he put in his novels.

    11. Probably the first work of nonfiction that meant a lot to me. Burroughs's wild fiction and collections of sentences like Soft Machine got me started, but his ideas put forth in interviews did so much more for me. This is what made me into a serious person, curious about the world and the possible.

    12. Interview format interspersed with stream of consciousness passages,mainly concerned with thought control through the word virus acting on the reactive mind perpetuating an unworkable establishment.Both readable and highly informative.

    13. For me the best Burroughs books are his collected interviews. This book was designed, possibly, to some degree, to focus on control systems, and the responses needed to battle them. The interviews were conducted by Daniel Odier (also known by his pen name Delacorta, most famously known as the author of Diva) during the serious political climate years of 69, and 70. There was obviously some discussion between the two authors on what the book would concentrate on, and it's intent, (almost a manuel [...]

    14. If counter-culture types applied as much skepticism and critical analysis to their own ideas as they do towards anything arising from The Establishment, they would be a lot more interesting.Instead, you get bores like Burroughs, who lectures confidently on subjects he knows nothing about (lasers! used to push people into oncoming laundry trucks! and to transmit thought!) and who has fallen for every crackpot theory from the 50s and 60s. Scientology? Check. Wilhelm Reich? Check. The Mayans? Check [...]

    15. some notes, mostly for my own sake:- what a weird concept for a writer rimbaud's "derangement of the senses" as pragmatic and political, not aesthetic; language as suffocating, as something we should evolve past. - cut-ups and hallucinogens reveal the empty space between symbol and meaning, which is pregnant the way a pause can be pregnant.- there seems to be no poetry in the heiroglyphic/pictoral substitute burroughs suggests, unless it is in the construction of intricate descriptive tableaux. [...]

    16. As a Burroughs fan, I was looking forward to reading a book about his writing techniques. Unfortunately that isn't what this book is. While you do get some information about his cutup method and other ideas on writing, most of the book is about the man's philosophy. Special focus is given to the idea of words as a virus, along with some rather overly enthusiastic ideas of using the cutup method in tape recordings for mind control. There are also passages on addiction, government control, anarchi [...]

    17. After years of checking out a page here and there in bookstores.i finally got my hands on this for a proper cover to cover intakee famous cut-up method is explained in great detail hereNot so much the Gysin method with random written cut-ups, but audio cut-ups using three or more tape recordersWB gets into it it for the majority of this bookTotally brilliant and relevant nowReally the only thing different from this book being just as relevant today is the level of optimism the late sixties offer [...]

    18. In these late 1960s interviews with Daniel Odier, Burroughs expands on his personal philosophies regarding language, drugs, and systems of control - topics to which he frequently alludes in his novels. Concepts from Scientology are discussed several times. (I learned as a result of reading this book that Burroughs took Scientology courses during the 60s.) Most of this I found to be engrossing reading, although in the last chapter there are extensive bits about experiments involving tape recorder [...]

    19. interviews with burroughs that i found very educational and will continue to use as reference. granted he's a raging mysogonist, but so many of burroughs' ideas and philosophies are so spot-on that i can't help but love the bastard. there is a short story (can't remember the title) in this volume in which a guy is referring to the mistress of the manor, stating: "She expects me to go down in the ground and grow there myself." in context and out, it's a new favorite sentence.

    20. A book length Q&A session with one of the great literary cranks. It's all here, his obsession with guns, drugs, govt. institutions, and his love for sci-fi pulp literature. Oh and the French author/editor of this conversation is the guy who wrote DIVA.

    21. I would say this one is predominately for serious scholars of the work of WSB. It covers the ideas and interests that formed the theoretical basis behind the Wild Boys period.

    22. Insight into the mind of William Burroughs. Some of this stuff is quite interesting, some of it seems quite dated.

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