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The Soft Machine

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Ivate Ass Hole I will take on any job any identity any body I will do anything difficult dangerous or downright dirty The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day for a price And the shockactor is non existent It s 2013 you can write all you want about cocks in rectums on every page even as Burroughs laboriously did and I won t even cocks in rectums on every page even as Burroughs laboriously did and I won t even an eye Evening touched our rectumsThank you and goodbye Imagine that the cable box has only 20 channels Imagine that these channels are playing a variety of sex Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design films a documentary on parasitic and poisonous insects of the a scii police drama strangely analogous to Dr Who no Daleks sorry and a The Magic Cake Shop film about junkies Now imagine what all this would look like when the TV was set to jump randomly among channels everyew seconds This is the best description I can give to the text of The Soft Machine however this belies the strange almost coherence contained despite the channel change static bursts I found myself imagining at every punctuation mark A time traveling agent myself imagining at every punctuation mark A time traveling agent to oil religious mind control regulate drug usage among those without proper documentation The strange religious sacrifices capital punishment he could all prey to licker in and out of the picture The unnerving presence of the Doctor Benway lickers in and out much less noticably than in Naked Lunch but there all the same The Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability fever dreams of the junk sicklicker against sexual gratification boys undressing the smell of rancid tide The Curious World of Wine: Facts, Legends, and Lore About the Drink We Love So Much flatrectal mucousWhat it means if anything I don t know nor do I really care Searchingor a blatant narrative in this book is a convoluted search indeed but if you re reading this then you probably expect a challenge anyway I liked it just the same If you imagine the stereotype of an avant garde experimental book that s The Soft Machine Sure it s a clever idea but actually reading it would be a painful thing My process reading the book went like this p5 the start what s going on here p6 how long is this going to continue p9 oh it s going on American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series for the whole book p13 I can see how this style conveys a deliriousractured mind and world p20 but I m not really getting anything else out of it by reading p27 in The Mother Zone fact it s very hard to concentrate on the book so it s probably pointless to carry on At this point I look at the wikipedia entry to see if it will help me read and appreciate the book It tells me that the plot starts at chapter 7 Surprised and tempted by the promise of a plot and intrigued to see how the book changes I return to the book p28 I take one look at the page and decide I really cannot be bothered Burroughs has the power to make almost anyone s skin crawl His works are clusters of unfocused creative genius complete with hoards of vulgarities and absurd gags Naked Lunch was a transcendent reading experienceor me it was like nothing I d ever read before It was something uniue and edgy totally off the walls crazy to a point of extreme difficulty but also extreme entertainment The Soft Machine is uite similar in these regards but it is also even less The Void focused and experimental It s really just a bunch of words jammed together toorm sentences that are hilarious original satirical disgusting and above all absolutely bewildering in every way imaginable I assume this entire thing was written by Burroughs while he was on some heavy drugs which is pretty much the case with most of his work but this one especially There s no plot here although there are scenes and reoccurring characters but they are likely to disappear a time any moment In the middle of a sentence everythi. Ureaucracy and addiction in all its orms Burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey through the wounded galaxies in a book only he could creat. ,
F abandoned uarries and shag heaps some sort of vestigial eye growing cheek bone and a look about them as if they sort of vestigial eye growing cheek bone and a look about them as if they take root and grow on anybody Even the linear prose is sometimes as confusing as the cut up techniue sections Most people probably do not need to read this trilogy but if you are someone who enjoys looking at words used in unusual ways or if you are someone who wants to write innovative songs or progressive novels or if you are someone who songs or progressive novels or if you are someone who that you understand what edgy writing is all about you probably do need to at least dip a toe into the murky waters of Soft Machine What will I do Well I will read the rest of the series and probably over time everything that Burroughs wrote I save his books or a time when I eel I am becoming stale or too comfortable Sometimes I just reach these crustaceous moments when I start to eel like a barnacle attached to the underside of a boat permanently moored in port Human The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War faces tentativelicker in and out of Sicilian Lives focus We waded into the warm mud water Hair and apelesh off in screaming strips Stood naked human bodies covered with phosphorescent green jelly Soft tentative lesh cut with ape wounds Peeling other genitals Fingers and tongues rubbing off the jelly cover Body melting pleasure sounds in the warm mud Till the sun went and a blue wind of silence touched human Body melting pleasure sounds in the warm mud Till the sun went and a blue wind of silence touched human and hair When we came out of the mud we had names If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at I know it is experimental It reminds me of those alchemists experiments when they tried to produce gold rom excrements And Alice Oliver failed Ultimately they were just dabbling in shitThis book reads as if Burroughs swallowed words like rectal mucous compost heap jissom masturbate cock dropped his pants And just threw them up on the page This is not even a stream of consciousness or unconsciousnessor that matter When I am completely off my The Protestant Temperament face haven t had any sleepor 30 hours and I m thinking things just before passing out I STILL make sense There is this piece of advice WG Sebald supposedly used to give By all means be experimental but let the reader be part of the experiment That s where Burroughs That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book fails miserablyHere is a random uoterom a random page Corpses hang pants open on the road to Monterrey clear and loud ahead naked post cards and baby shoes A man comes back to something he left in underwear peeled the boy warm in 1929 Thighs slapped the bed jumped ass up Johnny screw Cup is split wastings Thermodynamics crawls home game of empty hands bed pictures post dead uestion carrion smell sharp open inIt goes like this The Radiant Child for six chapters Nonsense in its purestorm So when chapter seven comes and all of a sudden paragraphs seem to be organized in an almost coherent manner you get all excited even though the plot is still completely bonkers but alleluia there IS a plot Or at least in comparison to the previous six chapters which were written by someone with a serious case of anterograde amnesia who can only remember the last The Best American Crime Writing five words he has writtenBut then chapter seven ends and it goes right back to gibberishWhat am I supposed to get out of this book There were two sentences I liked and I used the word sentence loosely as obviously Burroughs has a very particular approach to punctuation Jungle invades the weed grown parks where armadillos infected with the earth eating disease gambol through deserted kiosks and Bolivar in catatonic limestone liberated the areaand The name is Clem Snide I am a Pr. Recesses of his imagination a region where nothing is sacred nothing taboo Continuing hiserocious verbal assault on hatred hype poverty war In order to accomplish the purpose I prostituted myself to one of the priests Most distasteful thing I ever stood still The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data for During the sex act he metamorphosed himself into a green crabrom the waist up retaining human legs and genitals that secreted a caustic erogenous slime while a horrible stench illed the hut I was able to endure these horrible encounters by promising myself the pleasure of killing this disgusting monster when the time came And my reputation as an idiot was by now so well established that I escaped all but the most routine control measures So the paragraph above that I shared with you is strange but easily understood Now check shared with you is strange but easily understood Now check this paragraph Larval people whispering lesh Eyes ejaculated spine mud Black gum in member Old junky coughing limestone in the obsidian morning the sale mirror to red sky Manipulated spasms puppets vestigial meat Pulsing pink shell Red pagodas and crystal accounts Wet dream eyes hanging in lust of dead lesh patios Boy chrysalis in streets of postcard Eating birds patrol black lichen Catatonic sports sear lungs of dream clay Lust of mud bubble coal gas the insect street Flesh ejaculation Penis in the broken mirror rocks of Marwan Serving the crystal dawn photo of sex On the Brass and Copper Street This book was originally composed using the cut up techniue inspired by the artist Brion Gysin Let me define cut up or you Cut up is performed by taking a inspired by the artist Brion Gysin Let me define cut up Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, for you Cut up is performed by taking a andully linear text and cutting it in pieces with a Talking to Dragons few or single words on each piece The resulting pieces are then rearranged into a new text So William S Burroughs wrote a traditional novel and then cut those sentences up into pieces and rearranged them randomly Maybe less of a creative process than just a random throw of the dice Burroughs was not happy with the 1961 edition and in several editions after the original he continued to make radical changes It is the type of novel that possibly because of the randomness of design can never beinished He added standard prose to each new edition to make the book readable There is this moment when he writes But then who am I to be critical I chuckled because it was as if he were talking to the reader There is a lot of homosexual sex described but a lot of it is airly repetitive He likes the words jissom jism and rectum and The Phrase Ragged Pants To phrase ragged pants to ankles Did I say there was a lot of sex description I meant there is oceans mountains oodles gobs and orgive my French aloads Yes I m being tongue in cheek of sexual situations There is a linear prose chapter titled The Mayan Caper which gives the reader some idea of what they are actually reading about If you do decide to take on the task of reading this novel and you become bogged down The Drowning Man frustrated discombobulated or start screaming uncontrollably please skip ahead to this chapter and soothe your ruffled reader s soul with at least something you can wrap your mind around I made notes of some cool passages that I really liked An evil old character with sugary eyes that stuck to you They were ripeor the plucking The Bride of Willow Creek forgot way back yonder in the corn hole Lost in little scraps of delight and burning scrolls The man opposite me didn t look like much A thin grey man in a long coat thatlickered like old GREAT INVESTMENT, THE film in these times when practically anybody is subject to wander inrom the desert with a uit claim deed and snatch a girl s snatch right out rom under her assets When the boy peeled off the dry goods he gives off a slow stink like a thawing mummy Crab men peer out In Naked Lunch William S Burroughs revealed his genius In The Soft Machine he begins an adventure that will take us even urther into the dark. .