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The Ticket That Exploded (1994)

The Ticket That Exploded (1994)

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0802151507 (ISBN13: 9780802151506)
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But if you're reading this then you probably expect a challenge anyway. What it means. Smell of rancid tide flat--police drama strangely flickers in and out, much channels are playing. picture. The unnerving documentary on parasitic Machine, however this strangely analogous to Doctor. Imagine that without proper documentation. Channel-change static bursts to foil religious mind-control Now imagine what, and poisonous insects of the amazon--a sci-fi cable box. Doctor Benway less noticeably playing a variety of sex films. traveling agent attempting the Soft belies the strange. No Dalek has only 20 channels. Imagine that these channels are strange religious sacrifices. I found myself. Imagining at every regulated drug usage text of almost-coherence contained despite the punctuation mark. Who, and a film about junkies, sex films--if anything; I don't know, nor do I really care. A time among those--capital punishment boys undressing fever dreams of the poisonous insects of the Soft Machine. The text of The However Searching for a book is to flicker in and out of the presence liked it just the same.An Amazon, a sci-fi police drama, who flickers against sexual gratification--a convoluted search indeed. Among channels in Naked Lunch, the best description I can give randomly every few seconds.Now imagine what all this would look like when the TV was set to jump. A blatant narrative in this junk-sick rectal mucous (sorry).

Burroughs' 2nd cut-up novel (if I have the chronology right) & the beginining of what's, for me, his strongest period. After writing my quickie 'review' of "Naked Lunch" in wch I mentioned Balch's "Towers Open Fire", I moved onto this one & 'randomly' opened to page 110 to read: ""This way - To the Towers" - Ali pointed to an office building that dominated the square - Kiki ran toward the building covered now by tower fire - Hands pulled him into a doorway - On the roof of the building was a battery of radios and movie cameras that vibrated to static - A green creature with metal claw hands was giving orders to a group of partisans who manned the gun tower - From the radio poured a metallic staccato voice - ""Photo falling - Word Falling - Break through in Grey Room - Towers, open fire" -" Yep, Burroughs was in his stride of having a breakthrough in the brain w/ this one. Unlike "Naked Lunch", this no longer seems like a collection of notes but a coherent report from a parallel universe where the true faces of the enemy are revealed. My having opened to this page where "Towers, open fire" is written isn't just an indication of Burroughs' repetitiveness of certain phrases - it's also an indication of how magikal it all seems, of how oddly one can link into the writing - a proclamation for the effectiveness of Burroughs' formal strategies for breaking thru into deep levels of the mind.

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This is the first book in the Nova series that makes even any sense at all, or at least has portions I found I could explain to others. This book is notable for a much heavier and intentional inclusion of actual science fiction (as opposed to things that were most likely simply drug-fueled delusions). Burroughs fascination with film splicing and the use of tape recorders also marks the era of his writing but opens a door on more of his prophetic visions of how technology would be used in the future. The last chapter is perhaps the simplest and most straightforward bit of writing Burroughs does, but is fascinating in terms of his perspective on how audio-video tech can influence the world around us.Ultimately I can still only recommend this to the most loyal Burroughs fans.
—B. Jay

This is the second book in the "trilogy" that I read and not really a trilogy as we normally conceive of them as they can be read in any order. Whereas "The Soft Machine" introduced the concept of the cut-up novel to the world, "The Ticket That Exploded" took it to a whole new level adding in more popular music, explaining how Burroughs thought we could subvert the ruling oligarchy with these techniques, and integrating a much more SciFi feel than the previous novel. As with "The Soft Machine" this is not for the weak of stomache or the average reader as the technique involves cutting up pieces of well-known, not so well-known, and Burroughs own writing and mashing them together and editing them into a choppy yet cohesive string that challenges the reader to stretch outside their normal comfort zone for a "novel." The commentary included in this version helps explain some of the references and some of the new technique that Burroughs included in this version which added folding to the cutting, meaning he folded pages of different writings together rather than just cutting pieces. The commentary is excellent and well-researched and helped increase the overall enjoyment I got from this. Ultimately, I think Burroughs was hoping to help us break the chains of control of society and our minds and instilling us with a revolutionary spirit in our approach to what it means to be alive in the modern age.

Up until I read McCarthy's The Road, this was King of the Hill for over a decade. The book Uncle Bill wrote right dead center at the transition between the raw cut up style of the Nova trilogy and the later books where he "attained mastery". Bottom line-it's his best book. Burroughs will always be my favorite writer, there is no one comes close to his sheer artistic power, and no one can hold a candle to his deadpan cynicism that fluctuates between hate and love of all things human.This is the one book he let his guard down a little, and wasn't trying to impress anybody. He just got swept up in the storm of badassedness that was his own voice, and rode the wave.

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