*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Yage Letters: an early epistolary novel by William S. Burroughs, whose account of himself as Junkie. The Yage Letters Redux. William S. Burroughs, Author, Allen Ginsberg, Author, Oliver Harris, Editor. City Lights $ (p) ISBN. For forty years The Yage Letters has been one of the most popular texts in the Burroughs oeuvre, a short (18, word) and accessible introduction to his work.

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Although it is undated, readers familiar with Burroughs’ new cut-up methods would surely have recognized it as writing from the previous decade. The Yage Letters Redux. Burroughs’ letter has, therefore, an appearance of authenticity that is entirely appropriate: I still love his style, his voice, his structure The anarchic “Roosevelt After Inauguration”, a savage parody of American politics in which “a purple-assed baboon” is appointed lettegs the United States Supreme Courtwas omitted from the original edition of the book on the grounds it might be considered obscene; it was subsequently issued as a chapbook later in the s and was later published in the small volume Roosevelt After Inauguration and Other Atrocities with two political essays.

Quite interested, I read it immediately and in one sitting. It reads like an entirely self-contained text, and when it ends abruptly without any signing off, the name “William Lee” at the foot of the page set in distinctive bold type seems to identify an author, not a letter-writer.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Focusing on the relation between the text of Naked Lunch in its various editions and its part-publication in the little magazine, Big TableLoranger’s case depends on two distinct claims.

Burroughs Trust and Estate. Nevertheless, it is a nice irony that by far the cheapest of the little magazines should have been the only one to approximate the material form of Burroughs’ letters, and that this particular letter should have been the only one to make decisive use of formal features. Grove, ; Black Cat edition] Although Oliver Harris is only listed as the editor of this edition, his actual contribution, his introduction, constitutes almost a third of the text and is well worth reading.

In Search of Yage”–would surely have been just as mystifying then as it is now, albeit for different reasons. I figured this was a chance to test the woman pollution myth once and for all with seven female creatures breathing down my neck, poking sticks in the mixture, fingering the Yage and giggling. I did notiice their writting ability decreased every few years. He did not entirely surrender authorial control to Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, however, overruling both of them when each expressed doubts about the inclusion of “I Am Dying, Meester?


Burroughs approved the addition of the two letters, or perhaps simply acquiesced. InSkerl claimed that the “mode of composition actual lettersthe collaborative editing and publication, and the inclusion of later material” all make The Yage Letters “typical of Burroughs’ practice as a writer”: I loved the parts that feel like anthropological and ethnobotanical studies where Burroughs was exploring the jungle and trying to find ayahuasca but I found it quite off-putting when he and Ginsburg are preying on Ecuadorian boys and smearing their white male privilege all over the place, never mind the incomprehensible section on buggery that was likely a trip Burroughs was on.

In the “Roosevelt” routine–a text only admitted into The Yage Letters in after a contingent publishing career determined by acts of censorship–there’s a passage where Burroughs fantasizes the post of Congressional Librarian being awarded to a “transvestite lizzie” who “barred the male sex from the premises” so that “a world-famous professor of philology suffered a broken jaw at the hands of a bull dyke when he attempted to enter the Library” Recovering the original circumstances of publication is essential if Burroughs criticism is to undo what amounts to the repression of his oeuvre’s richly complex textual history.

In OctoberDi Prima and Jones were arrested for using the mail to disseminate obscene materials and, although cleared, their confrontation with the forces of censorship was certainly noted by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. These failings bear down upon not only the practical rigor of her observations–and therefore the factual record on which interpretation is based–but, more broadly, on the descriptive opportunities opened up by social text theory.

What then, of the other–intertextual–analogue of this text’s thematics? You did not or could not listen. For, as his manuscripts got smaller–“Queer” and “Yage” combined were much shorter than “Junk”–and Burroughs found himself producing brief routines rather than coherent narratives, magazines actually offered the most formally appropriate mode of publication.

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Compared to Ginsberg, he appears a dark figure, not someone I’d want to trip with. Burroughs’ letters have seven colons and six commas, which looks like a simple matter of inconsistency in his use of epistolary formats. This is not the electric euphoria of coke which activates channels of pure pleasure in the brain, the sexless, timeless, negative pleasure of opium.


Sounds like the perfect place for Burroughs to fit right into though doesn’t it?

Aug 24, Charles Mitchell rated it really liked it. With letter, you’re now part of novel.

Clay, Steve, and Rodney Phillips. Pharma-Nauts of the super consciousness universe This is apparent even before reading, which marks the obvious difference between this text and the “July 10” letter, whose act of recycling can only be recognized in retrospect, after reading the whole narrative.

Not really my thing. Semiotext e The phrase comes from Burroughs’ letter to Mel Hardiment, 23 Jan. From a drugs perspective, the highlight is definitely Allen Ginsberg’s letter near the end. Everyone sees reality interpreted through their perceptional lenses and this is definitely colored glasses looking at the time, place and people.

This analogy between theme and material history is remarkable, but it is also accidental, a byproduct of contingent circumstances. Una horita de fiesta. Loranger’s second claim is to be making comparative analysis of the actual texts, but, despite its interpretive strength, her account turns out to be inaccurate and incomplete even on its own terms.

The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs

If you read this book and know nothing a As a Colombian and as person who is initiating herself in the world of ayahuasca, I find this book extremely offensive. Although its contents and readership partly overlapped those of quarterlies like KulchurThe Floating Bearat first distributed semi-monthly, was an altogether different type of magazine.

The first issue of Big Table had trailed the appearance of his “critical and biographical study” 2and this substantial essay–over a third the length of “In Quest of Yage”–duly appears, before the Bowles piece. It was just magnificent. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The first set of intertextual relations becomes visible only when the “July 10, ” letter is read retrospectively as the final part of “In Search of Yage.

The Yage Letters Redux

On closer inspection, it proves not to be, and the autograph signature reproduced here isn’t in Burroughs’ distinctive hand. In the case of The Yage Lettersthese forces of change manifest a remarkably dynamic process of collaborative and contingent textual activity. See my Secret of Fascination ,