Author Topic: "Naked Lunch," by William S. Burroughs  (Read 1352 times)

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"Naked Lunch," by William S. Burroughs
« on: April 19, 2016, 09:22:51 AM »
Which isn’t to say that Naked Lunch is not accessible. It is, but it does take some work. It is a book that demands the reader to pay attention and usually to read the pages a few times over. As only the rarest art can do, Naked Lunch is one of those novels that draws a line in the literary sand. Either you loathe, love, or simply do not understand the book. As Burroughs prescribes for his audience in its final pages, “You can cut into Naked Lunch at any intersection point ... Naked Lunch is a blueprint, a How-To Book ... Naked Lunch demands Silence from The Reader. Otherwise he is taking his own pulse ... ” This is a book that imposes conditions on its audience. It has its own set of rules. There is little patience for those who want to lightly browse through the book on a lazy Sunday afternoon—it just won’t work. I have yet to meet someone who finds reading Naked Lunch a mediocre experience.