Junky (Essential Penguin)

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'Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.'William Burroughs, legendary drug addict, founder member of the Beats and author of Naked Lunch, relates with unflinching realism the highs and lows of mainlining smack, from initial heroin bliss to dependency, the horrors of cold turkey and back again.

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William S. Burroughs is the author of numerous works, including Junky, Naked Lunch, Interzone, The Cat Inside and the trilogy consisting of Cities of the Red Night, The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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"Reads today as fresh and unvarnished as it ever has."-Will Self on Junky

Of all the Beat Generation writers, William S. Burroughs was the most dangerous. . . . He was anarchy’s double agent, an implacable enemy of conformity and of all agencies of control-from government to opiates.” Rolling Stone

The most important writer to emerge since World War II. . . . For his sheer visionary power, and for his humor, I admire Burroughs more than any living writer, and most of those who are dead.” J.G. Ballard

William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrote with extreme precision and no fear.” Hunter S. Thompson

A book of great beauty . . . . Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.” Norman Mailer

Ever since Naked Lunch . . . Burroughs has been ordained America’s most incendiary artist.” Los Angeles Times

Burroughs voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American.” Joan Didion

In 1953, at the height of American conformism and anti-communist hysteria, William S. Burroughs published Junky, an irresistible strung-out ode to the joys and perversities of drug addiction. . . . Junky eschews allegory for scrupulous realism. . . . More than anything else, Junky reads like a field guide to the American underworld.” The Daily Beast

Retro-cool, like something Don Draper might find in the Greenwich Village pad of that reefer-smoking painter he was seeing in the first season of Mad Men.” Las Vegas Weekly on Naked Lunch

A creator of grim fairy tales for adults, Burroughs spoke to our nightmare fears and, still worse, to our nightmare longings. . . . And more than any other postwar wordsmith, he bridged generations; popularity in the youth culture is greater now than during the heady days of the Beats.” The Los Angeles Times Book Review

Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium . . . a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through the bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat.” Anthony Burgess on The Ticket That Exploded

In Burroughs’ hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever.” The New York Times on The Ticket That Exploded

Macabre, funny, reverberant, grotesque.” The New York Review of Books on Nova Express

Hypnotic; I wish I could quote, but it takes several pages to get high on this stuff. . . . Funny . . . outrageous along the lines of Burroughs’s well-established scatology. He can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them.” Harper’s Magazine on Nova Express

One of the most interesting pieces of radical fiction we have.” The Nation on The Soft Machine

In Burroughs’ hands, writing reverts to acts of magic, as though he were making some enormous infernal encyclopedia of all the black impulses and acts that, once made, would shut the fiends away forever.” The New York Times on The Wild Boys

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