Scientologist William S Burroughs and the Weird Cult Scientology is largely overlooked in major texts about the life and work of William S Burroughs author of some of the most notorious literature of the th century Its importance in the creation of t

  • Title: Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult'
  • Author: David S. Wills
  • ISBN: 9780956952523
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scientology is largely overlooked in major texts about the life and work of William S Burroughs, author of some of the most notorious literature of the 20th century Its importance in the creation of the Cut up Method and Burroughs view of language as a virus is undermined by the omission of details regarding his interest in the religion over the course of a decade cerScientology is largely overlooked in major texts about the life and work of William S Burroughs, author of some of the most notorious literature of the 20th century Its importance in the creation of the Cut up Method and Burroughs view of language as a virus is undermined by the omission of details regarding his interest in the religion over the course of a decade certainly the most creatively fertile period of his life Instead, biographers and critics tend to focus on his other obsessions in the realm of fringe science, and on the period during the early 1970s when Burroughs left the religion and began a public crusade against it.However, Burroughs involvement with L Ron Hubbard s organization was no fleeting interest he was a fully fledged member and even obtained the rank of clear a prestigious achievement for a Scientologist Scientology ultimately inspired the plot, the structure, and various elements of some of Burroughs most important works, including The Soft Machine and The Wild Boys His fascination was genuine, and his progress through the hierarchical structure of the Church signals a dedication that he would later downplay after being excommunicated in 1969.Now, for the first time, his life and literature are reexamined in the light of newly uncovered information about Burroughs fascination with this weird cult, as he once described it.

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    1. I bought this book because I read and enjoyed the author's first book - the Dog Farm. Let me start by saying this is totally different. I enjoyed them both but honestly it's amazing that they came from the same author. I am impressed by his versatility!I must admit I knew little about William Burroughs before reading this. When I was younger I read the Naked Lunch but hated it. I only picked this up because of its author and I was also a little interested in the cult of Scientology. I half expec [...]

    2. Wow. Frankly, I applaud David S. Wills' patience and perseverence. The amount of research he has done to write this book is massive. Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' sheds light on a big part of the legendary author's life I wasn't familar with. In fact, it makes me want to read all of his books again. Wills starts off by recounting Burroughs' childhood experiences, encounters and traumas that eventually made him who he was, and which played a crucial role in his interest [...]

    3. Wills’ book is exhaustively researched and yet unbelievably accessible. He starts off by running through Burroughs’ life up until his first encounter with the “Church” of Scientology in 1959, and then begins to explain both why Burroughs was suckered in by the cult and also how it influenced his books. I was shocked to learn that his most famous works of literature were practically ripped straight from the mouth of L Ron Hubbard. I highly recommend this book for fans of the Beat generati [...]

    4. I have always been fascinated by Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard, in the same way that I am fascinated with Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson. How can seemingly intelligent people be conned into believing the trash that they came up with?The L. Ron Hubbard's SeaOrg and its Billion Years Contract is reminiscent of Mephistopheles promise to Faust that for his measly and unnecessary immortal soul Mephistopheles would give Faust the ultimate knowledge of the universe.William S. Burroughs philosophy of fa [...]

    5. I purchased this book because I've been interested lately in Scientology, and it looked like a good read. William S Burroughs was one of the most unique individuals I've ever read about. This book is about his life, his work, and pretty much everything about him. It was very well written, and thoroughly researched. It was also extremely reasonably priced; in my opinion considering the quality of writing, it's worth a lot more than what it costs.I learned a lot about Burroughs and his thoughts on [...]

    6. i'm giving this book four stars because it's this independently published thing that manages to find and partially fill a hole in burroughs scholarship. it's pretty well written, though it comes across as judgemental and a bit of a downer. there's plenty to be judgemental about with burroughs, but sometimes the writer seems to wear it on his sleeve. that's ok. this book seems to me essential reading if you're gonna get deep into burroughs, especially his cut-up trilogy: i read burroughs in a who [...]

    7. An interesting book that highlights some aspects of WSB that perhaps the mainstream readership wasn't aware of, though anyone reading his books with the most basic understanding of Scientology can easily see the influence. In some ways it's rather sad that someone of WSB's status and intelligence got taken in by that cult of shysters, but it is also good to see that he managed to actually make his money back through his writing and using some of those weird concepts in that process. Even with th [...]

    8. This is an amazing book! Although this book traces Burroughs' not so well known membership in the Church of Scientology, as well as resulting scandals as he publicly criticized his experience - leading up to his excommunication from the Church -- it also serves as a fascinating biography. A must read for any fan of Burroughs as well as for anyone interesting in Scientology.

    9. Good read - very accessible and informative approach to what I expected would be a tough subject. I've always been interested in Scientology and a bit by Burroughs but never knew the two overlapped until reading Wills's essay on TNB.

    10. Great job, David S. Wills. Good work, August 19, 2013, Huffington article "A Meeting of Cults: William Burroughs and Scientology."

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