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 Post subject: Re: William S. Burroughs and IJ
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:59 am 
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The connection has been made here:

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Addiction struck William S. Burroughs at midcentury as an encompassing metaphor for many facets of American life, and at century's end Wallace finds a similar metaphor in the recovery from addiction. While Burroughs dwelled with sadistic glee on the horrors of addiction, Wallace takes on the horrors of withdrawal; addiction in Burroughs was largely a response to the need to conform in the Eisenhower fifties, while in Wallace addiction is a response to stress, to the need to excel in the Reagan eighties (the novel's ethical setting, if not its historic one). Again like Burroughs who is named in the text and seems a pretty clear influence Wallace uses insect imagery to heighten the repugnance of addiction and detoxification. Infinite Jest is a Naked Lunch for the nineties.


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 Post subject: Re: William S. Burroughs and IJ
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Hey, Dizzy, Where is that quote from? I oddly had not made the insect connection to Burroughs, so that is also really interesting I think. There has been so much emphasis on addiction in IJ that I do think the possible connection to Burroughs is pretty valuable.....

Thanks for the quote, Dizzy!


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 Post subject: Re: William S. Burroughs and IJ
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Dizzy wrote:
Infinite Jest is a Naked Lunch for the nineties.

A thousand times better than Naked Lunch.


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 Post subject: Re: William S. Burroughs and IJ
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tomj said:

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Hey, Dizzy, Where is that quote from? I oddly had not made the insect connection to Burroughs, so that is also really interesting I think. There has been so much emphasis on addiction in IJ that I do think the possible connection to Burroughs is pretty valuable.....


I provided the link already. Check the post.

It also reveals some tidbits here and there about editing IJ.


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 Post subject: Re: William S. Burroughs and IJ
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ctucker wrote:
polymathicj, I would also suggest The Wild Boys or Cities of the Red Night as very good places to start. They follow more of a traditional plot, in my opinion, and Cities starts the trilogy that ends in my very favorite WSB book, The Western Lands.


Thanks! They will be added to my ever growing "books to read" list. :)

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