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10 thoughts on “The Soft Machine

  1. says:

    ”In order to accomplish the purpose I prostituted myself to one of the priests Most distasteful thing I ever stood still for During the sex act he metamorphosed himself into a green crab from the waist up retaini

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    'Breathe in Johnny Here Goes ' I respect rather than love it Like Gravity's Rainbow's sewer scene on his knees bare as a baby or William T Vollmann's telephone exchange between steel reefs a wire wrapped in gutta percha vibrates I herebyzzZZZZZthe critical situationa crushing blowThe sleepwalker's all eyes; the realist is all ears; their mating forms the telephone Later perhaps I see parts flashing cut in from David Lynch this is a formica

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    I know it is experimental It reminds me of those alchemists' experiments when they tried to produce gold from excrements And failed Ultimately they were just dabbling in shitThis book reads as if Burroughs swallowed words

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    The Soft Machine is like a travelogue concocted by a perverted and drugged space travelerI had this special Green Boy I was making it with who knew the ropes you might say and he told me we have to tune the heat wave out with music – So we get all the Indians and all the Green Boys with drums and flutes and co

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    Imagine that the cable box has only 20 channels Imagine that these channels are playing a variety of sex films a documentary on parasitic and poisonous insects of the a sci fi police drama strangely analogous to Dr Who no Daleks sorry and a film about junkies Now imagine what all this would look like when the T

  6. says:

    The one book by Burroughs that separates the fans from the curious The curious usually think 'no I am not going there' Rele

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    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 for the whole book p13 I can see h

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    Pure dissonance attrition and aggression over the Mayan battleships that distillate phosphorescent obsidians into rains of junk It ends with a dose of apomorphine though

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    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 experience for 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

  10. says:

    I've seen a lot of comments about how this book of experimental fiction is unreadable which I did not find to be the case at all In fa

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Y war bureaucracy and addiction in all its forms Burroughs gives us a surreal space odyssey through the wounded galaxies in a book only he could creat. 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 experience for 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 focused and experimental It s really just a bunch of words jammed together to form 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 everything can change over the course of a single page excrement can turn into metal and the phrase rectal mucus may even be used several goddamn times The faint of heart might want to stay away from this one for sure as it does get pretty damn nasty at times which is actually an understatement Seriously this book can get really fucking gross and disturbing as it is filled with violently sexual and sexually violent content as well as some of the most repulsive descriptions of obscene to say the least acts in literary history However it s also pretty funny and is not afraid to be both enjoyable and disgusting simultaneously which is a trick few authors can pull off nearly as well as Burroughs So dive into this insane discomforting oddity at your own risk but be warned it may be the most confusing and gross thing you ve ever read even if you re used to transgressive and experimental lit

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The Soft Machine

In Naked Lunch William S Burroughs revealed his genius In The Soft eBook #9734 The Soft Machine he begins an adventure that will take us even further. I know it is experimental It reminds me of those alchemists experiments when they tried to produce gold from excrements And 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 unconsciousness for that matter When I am completely off my face haven t had any sleep for 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 fails miserablyHere is a random uote from 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 for six chapters Nonsense in its purest form 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 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 Private Ass Hole I will take on any job any identity any body I will do anything difficult dangerous or downright dirty for a price And the shock factor 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 bat an eye Evening touched our rectumsThank you and goodbye

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Into the dark recesses of his imagination a region where nothing is sacred nothing taboo Continuing his ferocious verbal assault on hatred hype povert. Imagine that the cable box has only 20 channels Imagine that these channels are playing a variety of sex films a documentary on parasitic and poisonous insects of the a sci fi police drama strangely analogous to Dr Who no Daleks sorry and a film about junkies Now imagine what all this would look like when the TV was set to jump randomly among channels every few 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 attempting to foil religious mind control regulate drug usage among those without proper documentation The strange religious sacrifices capital punishment he could fall prey to flicker in and out of the picture The unnerving presence of the Doctor Benway flickers in and out much less noticably than in Naked Lunch but there all the same The fever dreams of the junk sick flicker against sexual gratification boys undressing the smell of rancid tide flatrectal mucousWhat it means if anything I don t know nor do I really care Searching for 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