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  1. says:

    I have a passionate hatred for William Burroughs I think even his fans have to concede that he s a degenerate piece of shit I admit my prior experience with him consists of 5 pages of Naked Lunch and a couple biographies of various sorts, none of which fail to mention the pedophilia and him murdering his wife I m from Detroit, don t think for a second I buy his bullshit story , not that I d hold that against him when rating this book I went into this book expecting it to be about heroin abuse and gay sex, you know some fun light reading, instead it turns about to be a sober, heartbreaking tale of profound universal human loneliness In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality It is as the mountains a fact There it is When you realize it, you cannot complain The fact that this book is great somehow only makes me hate him Alright Burroughs, I don t like you and you don t like me, but I found this for.50 cents today so I m giving you one shot to redeem yourself Don t Fuck This Up


  2. says:

    Here s the thing that puzzles me about this book why was it not published until 1985 while the far, far offensive Naked Lunch was published not without obstacles in 1959 One idea is that Burroughs put the manuscript for Queer away for many years and chose not to revisit it because it reminded him of a extremely terrible time in his life, the time surrounding the well known and unfortunately adapted to the screen accidental killing of his wife during a drunken game of William Tell a parlor trick which primarily involves shooting objects off of a person s head with a gun He goes into some detail about this emotional difficulty in the fairly remarkable introduction written in the aforementioned year of the book s long overdue publication There isn t a single description in this book that could be considered sexually explicit, homosexual or otherwise Apparently even the slightest allusion to homosexuality while failing to regard it as a immoral, objectionable or otherwise contemptible aspect of existence was enough to prevent the book from being published, yet, Naked Lunch is immeasurably graphic and unsettling in every dimension than Queer So it seems that this book must have gone unpublished for 30 plus years solely due to Burroughs need to keep it hidden from himself.So the book is a sequel to Burroughs novelistic debut Junky and both are quite autobiographical To put it simply Lee is William S Burroughs According to some brief research Eugene Allerton is also based on a real person Adelbert Lewis Marker 1930 1998 , a recently discharged American Navy serviceman from Jacksonville, Florida who befriended Burroughs in Mexico City source This can be affirmed through a read of Letters to Allen Ginsberg, 1953 1957.The plot is rather simple Lee is trying to kick a heroin habit while on the lam in Mexico City He s avoiding Stateside drug charges until the 5 year statute of limitations is reached He s wandering around, drinking alcohol constantly and looking for some properly satisfying sex with men, specifically his eyes latch onto Eugene Allerton As a brief aside here, let me say that some of the very concise descriptions of extreme lust are really well done Though I don t identify with the specific objectives of Burroughs lust i.e wishing to be had by and to have a flock of adolescent Ecuadorian boys in a muddy riverbed, etc nonetheless lust is lust is lust is lust Ok, so this Allerton fella is sort of queer obliging is how Burroughs puts it He s willing to have sex with men but not all that into it That sorta thing Their relationship doesn t stray much from this basic dynamic Eventually Lee sets up a sex for money deal which includes in addition to sexual demands being met at least twice a week that Allerton is to accompany him on trip to Ecuador in search of Yage a.k.a ayahuasca , a plant Lee believes to possess telepathy inducing properties He believes that the Russians and Americans are trying to extract these telepathic powers from the plant for obvious, ethically dubious, authoritarian intentions i.e mind control en masse However all Lee wants it for is so that he can make pretty boys in the street and Allerton himself his sexual slaves So he no longer has to deal with all of the socio psychological annoyances that come with being a sex seeking gay male in the 1950 s Lee talking to Allerton While we are in Ecuador we must score for Yage, Lee said Think of it thought control Take anyone apart and rebuild to your taste Anything about somebody bugs you, you say, Yage I want that routine took clear out of his mind I could think of a few changes I might make in you, doll He looked at Allerton and licked his lips You d be so much nicer after a few alterations You re nice now but you do have those irritating peculiarities I mean, you won t do exactly what I want you to do all the time I enjoyed the book for three basic reasons in no particular order 1 The descriptions of Mexico City and various towns within Ecuador during the late 40 s early 50 s for their cultural and historical value.2 The expression of what kind of psychological pains faced a homosexual in the not so distant past due to the obvious massive intolerance and condemnation of such people The word queer began as a pejorative term for homosexuals Burroughs is writing during a time when this was still the case, before people had reappropriated the term and also before the word gay was also reappropriated to put a positive spin on what it means to be a homosexual I found this basic reason for enjoying the book to also bring about the only real feelings of empathy for cranky and often cruel and morbid ol Lee He felt a killing hate for the stupid, ordinary, disapproving people who kept him from doing what he wanted to do Someday I am going to have things just like I want, he said to himself And if any moralizing son of a bitch gives me any static, they will fish him out of the river It got me thinking about how truly unfortunate it is that homosexuals were and still are in many socio cultural contexts forced to hide their sexuality, to develop the most ugly of self conceptions, to fear for their lives all due to a hatred and prejudice that has no defensible, rational basis whatsoever On a lighter note, it also made me feel an appreciation for the progress that has been made throughout the world to combat this irrationally based prejudice Though gays are still executed simply for being gay in Iran and other nations, in most western countries things have improved greatly for homosexuals.3 Identifying the seedlings of what would eventually become the style of classic Burroughs Most of the novel is fairly straight ahead third person narrative but a few bizarre Naked Lunch like descriptions flash upon the page once and a while, mostly during what are known as Lee s routines These routines are Lee s oft intoxicated rambling bar side orations For example we come to this monologue voiced to no one in particular in the midst of fairly normal third person description of Lee shadowing his current sexual interest Eugene Allerton who is leaving the bar with a woman named Mary Sometimes he an Italian chess master used smoke screens to hide his maneuvers from the opposition I mean literal smoke screens, of course He had corps of trained idiots who would rush in at a given signal and eat all the pieces With defeat staring him in the face as it often did, because actually he knew nothing of chess but the rules and wasn t too sure of those he would leap up yelling, You cheap bastard I saw you palm that queen and ram a broken teacup into his opponent s face In 1922 he was rid out of Prague on a rail The next time I saw Tetrazzini the Italian chess master was in Upper Ubangi A complete wreck Peddling unlicensed condoms That was the year of rinderpest, when everything died, even the hyenas


  3. says:

    Certain cult writing earns this status because the prose is so transparent and simple it instantly appeals to teenage males done with Easton Ellis and Kerouac who want to up their shock quotient before attempting to read Gravity s Rainbow for the first and last time Queer fits the bill except, by today s standards, the book is a little prude in tight Speedos with its danglies between its thighs asking us to love it if we d only give it a chance Will Lee is a homosexual in training in pursuit of reluctant, disobliging ass that often makes him cry, so unsure is he of his own sexuality This is a weird piece of tortuousness But an interesting one.


  4. says:

    seriously, Lee, will you give it a rest stop trying to get into the pants of that straight guy get some dignity try getting into the pants of some dignity Lee, i hate to tell you this, but you are embarrassing yourself you re desperate and that is highly unattractive even worse, you surround yourself with the same decay that is present in your decayed view of the world and when that isn t enough, you seek out even decay, until the novel becomes a travelogue of depressing decay, decay, decay all the while trying pathetically to suck the dick of some serviceman who actually is neither your friend nor queer you give queers a bad name and so i resent even the title of this novel of your boring misadventures you are as bad as some drunk straight guy at a party who is so wasted that he doesn t even know that the girl he is hitting on so sloppily is rolling her eyes at him in boredom and disgust No Means No however, Queer, you do get 1 extra star because you may serve as a somewhat easy entry point into the writing of william s burroughs, who went on to write so much that was greater and, well, the writing in this one isn t really bad at all it is the story that revolts the writing is on the interesting side of really not bad at all.


  5. says:

    An oil lamp lit a woman s body Lee could feel desire for the woman through the other s body I m not queer He thought I m disembodied One of my personal favorite LGBTQ novels A great exploration of Queer identity and hidden desires Burroughs prose is lyrical and simple.


  6. says:

    A conservative reader might ask his Goodreads friends , Is William Burroughs gay as if Burrough knows how it feels like being queer, an offensive slang for homosexual If he is, it is neither here nor there because he is able to depict the reality of the homosexual world , categorically, the desire to establish an intimate relationship with a straight guy So if you are gay, you might be able to empathize the situation of the protagonist But if you are a straight guy, you might end up realizing that not all gays are lecherously fellatioes by nature They are not far different from coquettishly fellatrixes laughs The book depicts the life of the queer , particularly how they get into an intimate relationship with the same sex In the story, although not quite clear , the protagonist, Lee wants to build an intimate relationship with Allerton The story is not clear if he is a straight guy, but the story says that he does not like to make friends with a queer Eventually, Lee and Allerton becomes friends since Lee is determined to get along with him They spend time together in the same bed Again , the story is not quite clear if they make love, for Allerton does not want Lee to keep on touching him In effect, Lee has secret sexual desire for Allerton however, he has fear to get in on the act, for Allerton appears to be a straight guy If you are a queer, you may be able to empathize with the deeper side of Lee But admit it This is the fact to some extent that queers real intention whenever they make friends with a guy is to build an intimate relationship No wonder that the common perception of guys is that queers are cock suckers laughs But not all queers have this kind of sexual behavior pattern As a matter of fact, such queers are not far different from coquettish women People are not just used to this kind of sexual human evolution In the Philippines, queers appear to be divided into four categories they are closet gays, open gays, transvestites, and the transgendered Closet gays are known as peppermint or paminta in Filipino because they are bound to get pulverized to come out in the open Open gays appear to be na ve , but still they are known for their effeminate mannerisms unlike transvestites and the transgendered for their flamboyantly feministic fashion The latter three kinds of gays are likely to be socially accepted because they are open to their self identities despite the fact that the atmosphere is not yet completely conducive However, peppermints have a hard time consequently, they face different dilemmas It is my first William Burroughs s novel Whenever I thumbed it through on my list, I always wondered why its title is Queer since its paperback picture looks immaterial When I got the chance to read it, I got Burroughs s method to his madness internalizing queers feelings.For this reason, impressed by his unique twist of writing, I heard that his critically acclaimed NAKED LUNCH is a good read I will buy it at any cost as soon as I spot it.


  7. says:

    Lee, Chapter 4 Got an idea for a new dish Take a live pig and throw it into a very hot oven so the pig is roasted outside and when you cut into it, it s still alive and twitching inside Or, if we run a dramatic joint, a screaming pig covered with burning brandy rushes out of the kitchen and dies right by your chair You can reach down and pull off the crispy, crackly ears and eat them with your cocktails Junky is tougher, and Naked Lunch is weirder, but this is the best Burroughs book I ve read yet Light, touching, funny, yet dangerous, Queer isn t cuffed by the terse factual allegiance of Junky or the unchecked typhoon of spazz that makes Naked Lunch a slight disappointment Instead we have sympathy for the devil, cringing for the maladroit, and a fascination for a man who was neither social butterfly nor parasite, but a bizarre insect somewhere in the middle.


  8. says:

    I have wanted to read Burroughs for a while and was going to start with Naked Lunch, but I kept hearing mixed opinions, so I continued to push it to the back of my TBR Then I came across this thin novel at a used bookstore and figured this was a good place to start Not only did I enjoy the novel, I loved that Burroughs had written the introduction Queer was written in 1949, but wasn t published until 1985 Burroughs explains the reasons behind this and other info that was fascinating I m a big fan of the style of writing where it s fiction but you know the author is writing about themselves and their experiences So this novel was right in my wheelhouse Can t wait to read of Burroughs work.


  9. says:

    I tried I effing tried.I can appreciate the book for what it is Publishing even writing a queer themed book was daring and subversive in that era Living that life was dangerous So in that respect, I can appreciate it for breaking ground, etc That said, I hated the book Or I should say, I hated the half of the book I managed to get through before I finally gave up becauseI hated it Lee is obnoxious, judgmental, entitled, and at times downright creepy in his pursuit of Eugene I don t expect characters to be sympathetic all the time in fact, I rather enjoy anti heroes , but for God s sake, they need to be INTERESTING Lee was about as fascinating as a teenager fixating on the rock star they re determined to marry, regardless of what that rock star thinks of the idea.DNF.


  10. says:

    So I have a tricky relationship with this book.It s one of the first pieces of queer literature that I ever read, and I read it when I was quite young I was hungry for representation and depiction of queer characters I had accepted myself as a queer person and was happy, but I needed validation.I think it s one of his earlier works and isn t as well written as some of his others I m not sure if it s problematic or not, I would have to reread it, but I m not sure if I will.I m not sure if I will because it was difficult for me to read The self loathing and hatred the protagonist portrays is palpable He looks at his sexuality as a monster or an obstacle he must overcome and the book is just riddled with tension.If I read it correctly the first time, all those years ago, this character is a partial representation of how Burroughs felt about himself.So I don t like this book, but it ll always have a place in my heart as one of the first queer pieces of literature I read I m glad I read it, but this might not be the best book to pick up if you re just starting with Burroughs, or looking for some uplifting LGBTIQA fiction.


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