[BOOKS] ⚦ The Yage Letters By William S. Burroughs – Ebooks2020.co

The Yage Letters summary The Yage Letters, series The Yage Letters, book The Yage Letters, pdf The Yage Letters, The Yage Letters f75acdf978 An Early Epistolary Novel By William Burroughs, Whose Account Of Himself As As Junkie, Published Under The Pseudonym William Lee, Ended Yage May Be The Final Fix In Letters To Allen Ginsberg, An Unknown Young Poet In New York, His Journey To The Jungle Is Recorded, Detailing Picaresque Incidents Of A Search For A Telepathic Hallucinogenic Mind Expanding Drug Called Yage Ayahuasca, Or Banisteripsis Caape , Used By Indian Doctors For Finding Lost Objects, Mostly Bodies And Souls Author And Recipient Of These Letters Met Again In New York, Christmas , And Edited The Writings To Form This Single Book The Correspondence Contains The First Seeds Of The Later Burroughsian Fantasy In Naked Lunch Seven Years Later Ginsberg In Peru Writes His Old Guru An Account Of His Own Visions And Terrors With The Same Drug, Appealing For Further Counsel Burroughs Mysterious Reply Is Sent The Volume Concludes With Two Epilogues A Short Note From Ginsberg On His Return From The Orient Years Later Reassuring Self That He Is Still Here On Earth, And A Final Poetic Cut Up By Burroughs, I Am Dying, Meester

10 thoughts on “The Yage Letters

  1. says:

    Dear Al,I m detoxing I can t find any little boys to pay for sex Corruption, whine whine whine Third world, whine whine whine.Low points Cultural observation skips along the path to racism Whining Craptacular routine play thing, possibly enjoyable if one knows about the politics of the time, possibly not Disgusted tone gets me down.Highlights Good writing Good cultural observations Stubborn scientific approach to looking to score Bad trips A freakout at the end Epistolary Wonderful, supportive, loving letter by Ginsberg to losing it Burroughs at the end Burroughs was clearly an asshole, albeit a decent writer Ginsberg seems like he was a good friend.I don t like to give a well written book one star I don t But I got one star of enjoyment out of it I think I ll put it in that dudes travelling the world being dudes category, which I have decided not to try so hard to like, and call it a day.

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    I spent my teenage years trailing through Naked Lunch, Junkie, and I later devoured Word Virus A Burroughs Reader I loved and continue to love those particular works I remember reading The Yage Letters for the first time 2002 and finding it engaging, but upon my second recent reading I am struck with major concerns 1 Burroughs effed up characterizations of indigenous peoples 2 Burroughs participation in what we now call sex tourism and the many issues of privilege and dominance that come with that practice and 3 His disrespect of plant personhood I still love his style, his voice, his structure but the work buckles in so many arenas that I find it hard to stomach this time around.

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    This is probably my third favourite book by William S Burroughs after Junky and Cities of the Red Night.This book is not only a first hand account of his experiences taking the South American drug yage through the Putumayo Kofan and Vauges methods , but it also showcases Burroughs dry, tongue in cheek, scientific humour One of my favourite parts which really made me laugh and which is still very relevant in today s society was, You can not contact a civil servant on the level of intuition and empathy He just does not have a receiving set, and he gives out like a dead battery There must be a special low frequency civil service brain wave I guess civil servants in South America are no different from anywhere else then, both past and present It is easy to understand how someone like Burroughs who studied anthropology at university would be drawn to the romantic aspects of exploring South American tribes and areas but according to his letters to Ginsberg, Burroughs did not have a good time here at all with nosy police always inspecting papers, sleazy moochers, whores and even the occasional botanical scientist Sounds like the perfect place for Burroughs to fit right into though doesn t it As in other Burroughs books, the author puts himself through some incredibly painful and dreadful experiences BUT, in my opinion it is probably his suffering which gives his writing that distinctive razor like edge that has become the Burroughs trademark And in terms of style of prose, he is truly one of a kind and groundbreaking Reading his books is like being on the edge of your seat when watching a nail biting thriller movie And I think that it is this quality that is so charming and endearing to his readers and fans of beat literature.It doesn t seem like he enjoyed most of the places he went to in South America or the people he met although he seems to be fond of Peru than its neighbours The Panamanians and Ecuadorians are largely on the receiving end of his caustic comments In one letter, Burroughs says that, the Panamanians are about the crummiest people in the Hemisphere I understand the Venezuelans offer competition And then there are his various macabre tales laced with his acid sharp wit such as in, every Sunday at lunch my grandmother would disinter her dead brother killed 50 years ago when he dragged his shotgun through a fence and blew his lungs out.But I digress Now, to the meat of the story the sections on yage When the author experiments with the drug using the Putumayo Kofan method prescribed and prepared by a Brujo type of witchdoctor , he ends up going through an awful experience which makes him retch and vomit many times and cause his body to shake The second time around though when he takes the drug following the Vauges method, the experience is like weed he says Just like the interviewers of the great Beat documentary entiled the Source , you are probably wondering why anyone would go out of their way to put themselves through such misery Burroughs slightly irritated and defensive response was, What are you talking about You want to try yage, you try yage Burroughs was a man who truly believed that drugs could be something beneficial for mankind I also feel that he believed humans need to suffer in order to grow stronger and achieve greatness There is on this in the final chapters of Junky While certain powerful drugs like yage are certainly not for the faint hearted, Burroughs was all about challenging the entrenched notion that DRUG AUTOMATICALLY EQUALS BAD And in this sense he was a real pioneer hoping that people would develop a open understanding of both the benefits and dangers of drugs He was different from other beat writers and poets like Kerouac, Ginsberg and Corso in that he was not only a writer but also an ethnographer You can tell that he was often disgusted with mankind but at the same time he had the typical curiosity of any given anthropologist or scientist who goes out into the world and studies and records human behaviour in all its weird and wonderful forms Many would say that Burroughs loved writing about the underworld and darker sides of the planet This is true and with the possible exception of Poe, the underworld society had been largely neglected by authors as a subject until Burroughs came around, although since the 60s and 70s it has become popular to write such novels I feel that he wanted to write about all the things you would never read about in a newspaper or Time magazine And in this sense, modern day writing especially the press is aggravatingly dull, stale and stultified and that s why we need writers like Burroughs.I read Marching Powder book about a British national who is incarcerated in a Bolivian prison for drug trafficking about a year ago and that was also a good tale from the underside and incidentally, also set in South America If you liked the Yage letters , you will love Marching Powder which has an even stronger and fascinating story Although I cannot recall the title of the book and have yet to read it myself, a friend also recommended another good book out there on the history of the US government s clandestine war of propaganda on drugs and this is exactly the kind of thing that Burroughs would have dug Verdict All in all, this is a short but fascinating epistolary novel which I highly recommend Four Stars

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    As a Colombian and as person who is initiating herself in the world of ayahuasca, I find this book extremely offensive This man comes to this land looking for nothing than a drug that makes him hallucinate and disrespects not only what is considered a sacred plant but refers to shamans as brujos , when they call themselves taitas, which is a name that has a deep meaning and respect Burroughs came knowing nothing and left knowing nothing as well If you read this book and know nothing about ayahuasca, please don t believe a word This is full of shit.

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    Dear Al,Sex tourist in search of final fix is no good, no bueno Full of holes, full of holes Use that last bit in summarizing new epistolary novel I m writing With letter, you re now part of novel Mindfuck using old typewriter instead of Brion s Dream Machine Annual meeting of society of book reviewers Are we to gulp down this slim edition of horseshit Are we to spend hard earned money on book ostensibly about yage and presumably visionary experience only instead to endure dry grating of pushing pederast in search of something pure to foul and despoil Wanted to thank you for coming along at end, contributing weird images, whacked out trademark Allen Ginsberg poetry about ayahuasca experience about experience itself not about screwing teenage boy in Ecuador Shit hole country by the way You try to score paregoric and the croaker hits you with paracetamol instead, pockets difference Full of holes, full of holes.Off to cutup literary collage crap Critics will gush Beats working.Love always,Billy Lee

  6. says:

    Meh is pretty much all I thought about this White junkie dude traipses through the and whines about it a whole bunch and is pretty much a jerk to everyone he meets Whatever The Ginsberg part at the end was ok, though.

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    What else must a white man do but study that which he does not know What else must a white man do but learn, educate, experiment As a woman of color I do not see this book from a narrow lens I see it as the research it was, the need to educate themselves on culture, psychoactive plants, the world And what for For the revolution of the consciousness that was necessary to bring into fruition in America, as they left seeds of their exposure in different sects of the world The Beats were a controversial bunch That is what made them great, it is what made them REMEMBERED If not for their controversy, they would have been forgotten Their taste for drugs was a conduit for esoteric knowledge to be inked on the paper, the derangement of the senses was art itself and education to them So be it, it added volume to their ramblings My personal perception on why Ayuaschsa was such a different experience for both Allen and Burroughs It was due to Burroughs junkie nature desire to get high, to get out of his head instead of inside it It was an insincere desire for knowledge, but a lust for high times While Allen seeked the ultimate light and truth, thus he received visions of the great being Ginsberg s poetry is like an active battle between his spirituality and absolute reality His subconscious wishes to justify his visions.Overall the book was an insightful collection, we are lucky to have this piece of history and educational resource within our reach.

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    I read this book hesitantly about Burroughs s search for the perfect high in the jungles of the wondering if I could at all relate to it since, apart from a couple of all too brief experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, I ve shied away from drugs almost entirely Basically, drugs just never appealed to me Even marijuana never did anything for me I was just blas about the whole thing But, trust Burroughs, he renders the whole experience vividly here in bright colors including even the vulnerability of the ordeal in a series of letters to his friend and sometime lover Allen Ginsberg and in Ginsberg s responses to him I wish I could say but you d just have to read the book yourself It was just magnificent.

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    I d been looking for this book for quite some time when my roommate surprised me with a copy for my birthday Quite interested, I read it immediately and in one sitting.Although Oliver Harris is only listed as the editor of this edition, his actual contribution, his introduction, constitutes almost a third of the text and is well worth reading Most of the material, however, is by Burroughs.Excepting the introduction, the texts in this collection were composed in the fifties and sixties, when relatively little was known about ayahuasca yage and its main active ingredient DMT Thus what Ginsberg and Burroughs say about the plants and the chemistry is dated and often in error This is not the book to read as a preparation for trying the drug Indeed, Burrough s contributions are mostly along the lines of eccentric accounts of his travels in South America.Of the actual accounts of their drug induced experiences, Ginsberg s comes across as most believable and impressive He took, it seems, the real stuff, the combination of the vine and shrub that can be ingested, and he apparently obtained some insight from the experience Burroughs seems to have mostly taken the harmaline rich vine without the shrub which makes the DMT ingestible His experiences were generally unpleasant lots of nausea and retching.I write the above with some prejudice Ginsberg I like, having witnessed much of his career, read some of his material and read a substantial biography of him He appears to have been a genuinely well intentioned man Burroughs I ve only know through his first novel, Junkie, hardly the basis for a good first impression, from surveys about the beatnik movement and from a documentary Compared to Ginsberg, he appears a dark figure, not someone I d want to trip with.

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    i borrowed this from a friend in a great pile of books given to me, and to be completely honest, i probably would not have read it had i not been in the mood for a quick read.i ve never been much of a fan of burroughs writing style, but the fact that the bulk of the book is in the form of him writing letters to ginsberg makes it much easier to bear.i didn t care much for his overall quest for yage in the letters, but rather found enjoyment in his personal descriptions of 1950s south america he does his fair share of complaining throughout which does get old, but there s enough quirkiness in his both to the point and world weary observations to make me smile here and there.

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