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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David Bruce and Watson Availability: Ace published no hardcover books, only cheap paperbacks, which sold for very little; Burroughs earned less than a cent royalty on each purchase. From double book to stand alone; from Ace Original to Penguin Modern Classic; from unredeemed confession to cult novel; from a cheap shocker to a refined taste — the history of this text in a strange way acts as an allegory of the way the heroin subculture Burroughs depicted has mutated, spread and engrafted itself with the corpus of the wider society, in the process irretrievably altering that on which it parasitises.
1914: William S. Burroughs – Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict
Later, in the s, two audiobook editions were released, one read by actor David Carradineand another read by Burroughs himself. Assuming that Burroughs ‘ assertion that many facts, descriptions of feelings, etc are factual and truthful, Junky would be an excellent guide to druh understand the world of “junk” and “junk users”, as Burroughs calls it. This is the unadulterated, unglamorous, unthrilling life of the drug addict.
The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac. We watch their hidden gestures, we see them as they ‘cop the stuff. For, in describing addiction as “a way of life”, Burroughs makes of the hypodermic a microscope, through which he can examine the soul of man under late 20th-century capitalism. The Yage Letters The Job: I belabour these events for two reasons. It was later that same year Burroughs developed his addiction. An open homosexual and a drug addict, his quintessentially Midwestern libertarianism led him to jynkie any command economy of ethics, while his personal inclinations meant he had to travel with distastefully socialist and liberal fellows.
The two-books-in-one format was confessiojs uncommon in s America, but besides the obvious similarity in subject matter, AA Wyn, Burroughs’ publisher, felt that he had to balance such an unapologetic account of drug addiction with an abridgement of the memoirs of a Federal Bureau of Narcotics agent, which originally appeared in 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 Road.
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We realized that here was a document which could forearm the public more effectively than anything yet printed about the drug menace. Junky was published as an autobiographical novel telling an almost clinically cool history of how Burroughs became addicted, which is told in a very straightforward narrative, and seemingly based on a very innocent transaction, of a pal asking him to sell some morphine and Burroughs ending up trying some himself.
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When Burroughs was off heroin he was a bad, blackout drunk for evidence you need look confessiond further than his own confirmation in Junky. You or reread this entire text, assuming the hypothesis of addiction as a latent pathology, present in the individual prior to his having any direct experience of chemical dependency, unfedeemed everything that Burroughs says about habitual heroin use begins to make perfect sense.
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Wynwho owned Ace Books. Home Groups Unredeemex Zeitgeist. The story takes addixt a more personal tone when the narrator leaves New York. In subsequent sections the substantive facts are replaced by a more intimate, desperate search for meaning and escape from criminal sanction and permanent addiction.
He knew adeict gun to shoot low, and what would have happened to the glass shards even if he had succeeded? Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. LibraryThing All topics Hot topics Book discussions. But I don’t mean it as justification or deterrent or anything but an accurate account of what I cknfessions while I was on the junk.
The distant, dry, laconic tone of the narrator is balanced by the openness and honesty of the story. First, because I think an understanding of the milieu within which Burroughs and Vollmer operated, and the nature of their life together, is essential in disentangling the post hoc mythologising of the writer and his life from the very grim reality of active drug addiction that constitutes the action of Junky.
His descriptions of the “junk territories” his alter ego inhabits are, in fact, depictions of urban alienation itself.
Junkie by William Lee
The Final Journals of William S. Order by newest oldest recommendations. My wife grabbed the spoon and threw the junk on the floor.
I find this a delicious irony: By the time Burroughs was living in Tangier in the late s, his sense of being little more than a cipher, or a fictional construct, had become so plangent that he practised the art of insubstantiality with true zeal, revelling in the moniker sn Hombre Invisible”.
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After many rejection letters, Burroughs stopped writing.