Queer

Queer Paperback edition One of Burrough s most searing and astonishing writings Dark funny and full of the insights learned by courageous and intelligent writers who have genuinely lived on the very edges

Paperback edition One of Burrough s most searing and astonishing writings Dark, funny and full of the insights learned by courageous and intelligent writers who have genuinely lived on the very edges of society.

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Queer

  1. William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.He was born to a wealthy family in St Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U.S Navy in 1942 to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs In 1943 while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat Generation.Much of Burroughs s work is semi autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American and Tangier in Morocco Finding success with his confessional first novel, Junkie 1953 , Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch 1959 , a controversy fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.S sodomy laws With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy 1961 64 In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift , a reputation he owes to his lifelong subversion of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism J G Ballard considered Burroughs to be the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War , while Norman Mailer declared him the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius.Burroughs had one child, William Seward Burroughs III 1947 1981 , with his second wife Joan Vollmer Vollmer died in 1951 in Mexico City Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer s death, an event that deeply permeated all of his writings Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in 1997.

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  1. Here s the thing that puzzles me about this book why was it not published until 1985 while the far, far offensive Naked Lunch was published not without obstacles in 1959 One idea is that Burroughs put the manuscript for Queer away for many years and chose not to revisit it because it reminded him of a extremely terrible time in his life, the time surrounding the well known and unfortunately adapted to the screen accidental killing of his wife during a drunken game of William Tell a parlor trick [...]


  2. I have a passionate hatred for William Burroughs I think even his fans have to concede that he s a degenerate piece of shit I admit my prior experience with him consists of 5 pages of Naked Lunch and a couple biographies of various sorts, none of which fail to mention the pedophilia and him murdering his wife I m from Detroit, don t think for a second I buy his bullshit story , not that I d hold that against him when rating this book I went into this book expecting it to be about heroin abuse an [...]


  3. Certain cult writing earns this status because the prose is so transparent and simple it instantly appeals to teenage males done with Easton Ellis and Kerouac who want to up their shock quotient before attempting to read Gravity s Rainbow for the first and last time Queer fits the bill except, by today s standards, the book is a little prude in tight Speedos with its danglies between its thighs asking us to love it if we d only give it a chance Will Lee is a homosexual in training in pursuit of [...]


  4. An oil lamp lit a woman s body Lee could feel desire for the woman through the other s body I m not queer He thought I m disembodied One of my personal favorite LGBTQ novels A great exploration of Queer identity and hidden desires Burroughs prose is lyrical and simple.


  5. seriously, Lee, will you give it a rest stop trying to get into the pants of that straight guy get some dignity Lee, i hate to tell you this, but you are embarrassing yourself you re desperate and that is highly unattractive even worse, you surround yourself with the same decay that is present in your decayed view of the world and when that isn t enough, you seek out even decay, until the novel becomes a travelogue of depressing decay, decay, decay all the while trying pathetically to suck the [...]


  6. A conservative reader might ask his friends , Is William Burroughs gay as if Burrough knows how it feels like being queer, an offensive slang for homosexual If he is, it is neither here nor there because he is able to depict the reality of the homosexual world , categorically, the desire to establish an intimate relationship with a straight guy So if you are gay, you might be able to empathize the situation of the protagonist But if you are a straight guy, you might end up realizing that not all [...]


  7. I have wanted to read Burroughs for a while and was going to start with Naked Lunch, but I kept hearing mixed opinions, so I continued to push it to the back of my TBR Then I came across this thin novel at a used bookstore and figured this was a good place to start Not only did I enjoy the novel, I loved that Burroughs had written the introduction Queer was written in 1949, but wasn t published until 1985 Burroughs explains the reasons behind this and other info that was fascinating I m a big fa [...]


  8. I tried I effing tried.I can appreciate the book for what it is Publishing even writing a queer themed book was daring and subversive in that era Living that life was dangerous So in that respect, I can appreciate it for breaking ground, etc That said, I hated the book Or I should say, I hated the half of the book I managed to get through before I finally gave up becauseI hated it Lee is obnoxious, judgmental, entitled, and at times downright creepy in his pursuit of Eugene I don t expect charac [...]


  9. Lee, Chapter 4 Got an idea for a new dish Take a live pig and throw it into a very hot oven so the pig is roasted outside and when you cut into it, it s still alive and twitching inside Or, if we run a dramatic joint, a screaming pig covered with burning brandy rushes out of the kitchen and dies right by your chair You can reach down and pull off the crispy, crackly ears and eat them with your cocktails Junky is tougher, and Naked Lunch is weirder, but this is the best Burroughs book I ve read y [...]


  10. pathetic truth, not particular to sexual orientation whomever you love, there is no limit to abasement you will eagerly suffer, for you will have no pride though why this was not published and naked lunch was no idea here is the beginning of the outrageous, horrific, hilarious routines, from lee to his audience


  11. Desperation and self loathing.With much of the unapologetic voyeuristic view as was in Junky, but less rawness in a way Lee, the protagonist is painful to be with, you cringe and want to distance yourself It seems that the character s view of the outside world is a reflection of his inward one disgusting, empty, meaninglessness A painful book, hard to reckon with, and unfinished in my view I do not need a clear resolution, but it just seemed like this was a piece, a fragment, and it could have b [...]


  12. Aunque no lo sea de forma expl cita, Queer parece la representaci n de la exploraci n del dolor y de la hu da psicol gica del propio Burroughs Una muestra de su necesidad de calor humano y de afecto aderezada con una escritura visceral Lo importante es que, al contrario de lo que pasa con En la carretera , no se queda en lo banal Un poco superior a Los subterr neos A falta de conocer Aullidos, Yonqui o El almuerzo desnudo es el mejor beat que he le do.


  13. This book has been sitting on my library shelves for a couple of years untouched Since it was William Burroughs, and looked like a fairly quick read, I decided to pick it up Burroughs is one of the seminal American authors of the underground gay experience, right I thought it would be like reading Alan Hollinghurst on cocaine something I was looking forward to.But I was highly disappointed The novel s plot revolves around gay two heroin addicts, William Lee and Eugene Allerton Lee s attraction t [...]


  14. So I have a tricky relationship with this book.It s one of the first pieces of queer literature that I ever read, and I read it when I was quite young I was hungry for representation and depiction of queer characters I had accepted myself as a queer person and was happy, but I needed validation.I think it s one of his earlier works and isn t as well written as some of his others I m not sure if it s problematic or not, I would have to reread it, but I m not sure if I will.I m not sure if I will [...]


  15. Okay, Okay I wouldn t go so far as to call myself homophobic but let s just say I feel slightly uncomfortable reading a book with the title of Queer on a crowded train And I am not talking about any standard commuter train I am talking about a jam packed sushi fest of people that is the Tokyo commuter train But I realize that it s nonsense to feel that way Who cares I m a heterosexual man but do have some friends who are homosexual lesbian and am totally cool being around them Have no problem wi [...]


  16. This is my first time reading Burroughs even though I ve been meaning to for years I admit that the generation of writers that he was a part of the beat generation has never greatly appealed to me I can t really relate to being on the road and high all the time But, at the same time, it does lead to great story telling Queer had a bit of that crazy on the road feel But, for me, it also had a ton of very intimate, private emotions that I could relate to Lee s desperation for any kind of attention [...]


  17. I really wanted to like this.I really did.But I realise that my problem with a lot of modernist and postmodernist literature is its propensity for nonsense I get that it s supposed to mirror a modern world that thrives on chaos, that the lack of clear plot lines and characterisation are a mark of the modern world s tendency towards confusion with our very state of being, blah, blah, blah But me, I really like a character I can get properly into I don t even have to like him her my favourite book [...]


  18. I really enjoyed this book Queer is interesting to me as you can see Burroughs evolution as a writer and the novel also has a foreboding quality that many attribute to Burroughs accidental murder of his common law wife The actual plot of the book is pretty basic, it involves William Lee s infatuation with a young man in Mexico The novel is unflinching in it s portrayal of blind lust Burroughs character makes a fool of himself on many occasions, but the novel shouldn t just be seen as one mans af [...]


  19. Burroughs mantiene ac el registro directo y autobiogr fico de Junky, pero sin la calma artificial de la morfina su protagonista y narrador tiene un tono muy distinto Sin su armadura qu mica, redescubre las pasiones y los bajones de la vida pulsional En la tristeza profunda no hay lugar para el sentimentalismo Es algo tan inapelable como las monta as un hecho Una vez que uno lo comprende, no puede quejarse En la imprescindible introducci n, Burroughs ahonda en ese aparente abismo entre el Lee de [...]


  20. Quite disappointing Whilst certain flights of fancy beautifully and crudely show a desperate flamboyance of the auto fictive protagonist Lee s psychological and sexual insecurity, too much of this novel is pedestrian, and rather melodramatic Certain scenes of rejection by the love object Allerton do inspire some initial pity for Lee, and are the curious passages But his tears of self pity over this bore, and their a quest for a exotic drug Yage which will enable Lee to instantly command compani [...]


  21. Burroughs je jedan od onih pisaca koje te ko definiram Niti ga volim, niti ga mrzim, a uporno itam i kupujem sve njegovo do ega mogu do i Mo da samo poku avam shvatiti oko ega se ve toliko dugo godina di e takva pompa i po emu je on toliko kultan i obo avan Meni re enice poput ko ulja mi se zalijepila za tijelo poput mokrog kondoma i nemaju neku veliku knji evnu vrijednost.


  22. This was the third book selected for the guys book club here in Mexico and it was a real interesting read Definitely from a genre that I haven t had any exposure too and i enjoyed learning about William S BurroughsBurroughs and Jack KerouacKerouac who I regularly site as one of my favorites Those guys moved to Mexico and just, welley must have had some crazy stories Definitely pushing the envelope.Rambling at parts and too discombobulated undoubtedly due to Henry to really follow some of the id [...]


  23. A William S Burroughs novel that had been written just after his controversial novel Junky except it never got to see the light of day until the 1980 s when, frankly, it was safe to publish it and Burroughs finished the text The idea that Burroughs even wrote this account of a homo sexual relationship that spans continents and also inhabits heavy drug use and other topics that would be very played upon for our white picket fence society of post war America in late 40 s early 50 s, is just anothe [...]


  24. Queer is an unreciprocated love story, in which the protagonist Lee craves love and attention from a young American by the name of Eugene Allerton Set in the American ex pat scene of hedonistic, lawless 1940s Mexico, the first half of the story centres around a number of bars and gay joints where Lee spends his days, drinking, drug taking and going through set routines, whereby he attempts to regale his audience with intellectualness and bizarre humour Later in the book Lee persuades Allerton wi [...]


  25. An ode to misery Corruption , misery and shocking images having as a background the torturous effort of a gay man, to stop his addiction Along with the effort to choke the narcotic madness , Lee is being fed with moments , sick many times , sprouting through a grueling and totalitarian desire for another drug user.Through this miserable love absoluteness Lee, using as a literary paradigm the Mexico City, will bring to the surface the darker side of American society A picture of the most barbaric [...]


  26. This is an interesting look into the heart and hormones of William S Burroughs In many ways it is quite sad how being a member of a counter culture group back in an era where the homophobia and persecution of those who were not WASP s was violent and deadly stunted the expression and romantic feelings of a gay man It is equally as sad, how little this nation has changed with his hatred and judgement of people.You come away with a feeling of bleak sadness for Burroughs that all of the love he see [...]


  27. William S.Burroughs um daqueles escritores que considerado por muita gente como intoc vel e cada livro seu tem de ser uma obra prima N o quero generalizar, mas muito deste conceito assenta nalgum pseudo intelectualismo de certas pessoas claro que a escrita do autor n o vulgar, e acredito que haja quem sinceramente a aprecie imenso.N o estou nesse grupo e este livro, embora pequeno, custou me um pouco a ler.Nem sei como classific lo Por vezes um t pico romance sobre uma rela o amorosa frustrada n [...]


  28. This is pulp fiction at its finest, and the perfect companion to Burroughs better known Junky I have always loved the introduction to the 1985 re issue When I lived in Mexico City at the end of the 1940 s, it was a city of one million people, with clear sparkling air and the sky that special shade of blue that goes so well with circling vultures, blood and sand the raw menacing pitiless Mexican blue If you are turned off by his post Naked Lunch writing style, one might consider this as an altern [...]


  29. Not sure what to say about this one, except that I wish I could un read it Do you know that song by the Lords of Acid that repeats forever and ever and ever And this is what the Devil does No matter This is what socialization does.Burroughs makes his alter ego William Lee thoroughly unlikable whining and bitchy and morose and pathetically in love with a young, straight man who is equally pathetic and entirely uninterested in William s advances However, William buys his way into Allerton s pants, [...]


  30. Muchos a os de b squeda infructuosa de la novela Marica , y finalmente top con una edici n que se proclama definitiva, empezando con el hecho de mantener el t tulo en ingl s Queer La crudeza habitual de Burroughs, patente desde Yonqui, est presente tambi n aqu , pero poco a poco se va transformando en una serie de textos menos estructurados, algunos bajo pretexto de ser sue os o evocaciones, hasta llegar a un ap ndice desencajado que termina con un completo cut up Esta novela presenta no s lo lo [...]


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