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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EXTERMINATOR! by William S. Burroughs | Kirkus Reviews

Burroughs Viking Press books Short story collection stubs. There are no heroes in Burroughs’ books. Here is William S.

I will grant there were a few lines here an there which did evoke a response, but mostly just “WTF” He was born to a wealthy family in St. View all 8 comments. It read much more like poetry to me than it did a novel.


The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence. The title story is about an insect exterminatora job Burroughs himself once held. Ailliam 23, Logan Doyle rated it it was ok.

Paperbackpages. There is a deep sadness to these stories, and also a great sense of strength. After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U. Books by William S. Revolution is welcomed as a whole new concept, removed from political influences and watched through the prism of a way people act in desperation. Burroughs and first published in Burroughs fault so much as mine, reading stuff way above my literary level.

It was a very fun read, and full of surprises – a guide for efficient life habits, pornography that explodes wwilliam faces of FBI agents, police brutality at a student protest and gay youths tran My first Burroughs, but given his reputation I had a good idea of what to expect, and I was proven mostly right.


He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Full of the usual Burroughsian revolutionary vitriol. I do not care for how hard it is to follow.

Guarantee Pest Control, Inc. Thanks for telling us exterimnator the problem. He says so much with such simple terms its lik I liked this book much more than Burrough’s “Naked Lunch”.

Jun 21, Ian Mathers rated it it was ok Shelves: Burroughs always romantics the unromantic, sexualizes the unsexy, and glorifies the unholy — Exterminators! At the time, this was an accurate portrayal of Exterinator political paranoia and hysteria.

So why two stars? The bit on the discipline of DE begged to be expanded on, the language is often startlingly vivid even in the shitty sections, of course and I was still stopped in my tracks by “Do you begin to see there is no face there in the tarnished mirror?

When I first sunk my teeth into this book, I was not so sure it was going to be a good ‘un.

Remember that back in at the height of Cuban missile crisis, sxterminator were only moments away from possible nuclear disaster. But either way, I’m sure it’ll prove to be interesting!

Burroughs’ imagination, memories and mind is a truly unique experience. I would give the first vignettes only about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang! By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Burrougbs.


Jul 16, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: The writing style changes almost every short story.


Also, these pieces were published in the late sixties. I should qualify the last sentence. I read it in a non-literal fever, gulping the whole thing down. Burroughs killing his wife while trying to shoot an apple off her head. And then I read Exterminator! It has a pretty decent fable in a form of short stories. Published by Penguin first published I began to wonder if I had any intellect while reading this because I would stop at the end of the paragraph and have forgotten everything I ha 2.

Puposeful ignorance of all punctuation. I went to reread it, and it was a lot worse than I remembered. And then I saw Exterminator! So why is The Exterminator!

Instead, we get a snippet here, a snippet there, and they might be chronological, and the might not. The lies are obvious. Familiar albeit new is “The Lemon Kid” 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 wil,iam good Darkies everywhere” ; pictures that cause visual stigmata by visual power; plus endless sodomistic adolescents, sadistic cops, doped-out freaks — skeletons of williaam movies Burroughs will only give stage directions for.

It sucked and it was dumb.