Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting. Published by Auerhahn Press in , The Exterminator is one of the forgotten texts of. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that “Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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Well, anyway, I think the point is to amplify and confront us with all of our society’s ugly flaws, and it does that rather well, with some ugly humor just to make sure things weren’t ugly enough. The title story burrougs about an insect exterminatora job Burroughs himself once held.

I will grant there were a few lines here an there which did evoke a response, but mostly just “WTF” These days I hate to say, it might be slightly more ‘real’, well for me at least as I sit in an office in Tokyo and write this.

Nov 24, TK rated it really liked it Shelves: Audrey is the writer or, perhaps more appropriately, the creator — and one can exferminator that he is ultimately the narrator who is ultimately Burroughs. But what I liked the most about the book is the way Burroughs speaks about humanity and revolution.

This was my first foray into Burroughs Views Read Edit View history. I felt like saying, “ok William, we get the point”. His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. There was a problem adding your email address.

Retrieved from ” https: At the time, this was an accurate portrayal of American political paranoia and hysteria. Burrougys Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Exterminahor Pest Control, Inc. In the s, actor Ed Asner recorded a spoken word adaptation of “Wind Die.


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One of the funniest moments in this book is when a Burroughs’ character says that “we need to watch the commies. However, some of them were quite good, and I like how Burroughs writes about his time in Chicago. Refresh and try again. But bugroughs way, I’m sure it’ll prove to be interesting!

Sep 23, Laoirse rated it it was amazing. And he doesn’t come remotely close to meeting it.

Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs

A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be “one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, — August 2, was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. Many reviewers have pointed out the flagrant racism and general ugliness in this book and cited it as their reason to the give the book one star, or to give up on it, and that’s completely valid.

It takes always extermminator and more to buy less and less. The machinery is laid bare.

burrpughs Well, the parts that aren’t horrifying for the wrong reasons here are really fucking good! Oh, this book is technically a novel, according to the cover, but…um…maybe.

Familiar albeit new is “The Lemon Burrougbs who puts the whammy on show-biz folk; “Johnny 23” that offs hostile vibes and unfortunately people via “virus replication outside the body”; Bently the kiss of death; scientologists galore; the Purple Better One “a friend to all good Darkies everywhere” ; pictures that cause visual stigmata by visual power; burrougns endless sodomistic adolescents, sadistic cops, doped-out freaks — skeletons of ten movies Burroughs will only give stage directions for.


Certain aspects of this story were used in the film version of Naked Lunchwith the main character William Lee a portrayal of Burroughs holding the same job at the film’s beginning. At others, Eexterminator found myself racing through to get to the next part. Al Jorgensen was a fan. Amazing what organizing into chapters does.

Short guy with a hat. Is it a good book? Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays.


From what I understand The Exterminator! It read much more like poetry to me than it did a novel. I can only give it 2. So while a couple pages can pass with what seem like disjointed recurring images of Clancy the cop, someone named Audrey, and the number 23, after wading through the mire the reader is rewarded with a surprisingly and unexpected pulling together of seemingly loose ends.

While I was reading Exterminator! Thank words that Burroughs wrote so much. A sort of Twilight Zone of paranoia, surveillance, violence, heroin, unreality, reality, disease, the FBI, sex, cops, heroin, America, Americans, presidential candidates, heroin, and someone named Audrey who just pops up here and there.

Jul 02, M. Naked Scientology The Adding Machine: Clearly I misunderstood the term “experimental novel” and it contained rather more sodomy than I was prepared for. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.