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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:17 PM
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OK bibliophiles, I need your help! I'm (trying) to read Naked Lunch, and not getting very far!
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I read the first 15 pages at least 5 times. I kept going back, thinking I had missed something. About half-way through now.

Where is the plot? What is this about? What the fuck is going on? These are the questions that were running through my mind, so I had to cheat and do a bit of research to see just WHAT this book is about.

So aside from the obvious ramblings of a heroin induced fantasy, does this book HAVE a point? Does it HAVE a plot or story line? Just WHAT makes this apparent nonsense so popular?

Or should I just shut up and read it and get out of it what I get out of it?

Any help is appreciated.
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  -OK bibliophiles, I need your help! I'm (trying) to read Naked Lunch, and not getting very far! cleanhippie  Sep-23-11 07:17 PM   #0 
  - You need to get stoned first  graywarrior   Sep-23-11 07:24 PM   #1 
  - In most cases.  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 07:29 PM   #4 
  - Well, thats good advice for nearly ALL situations...  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 07:37 PM   #6 
  - The movie 'Brazil ' did the same thing to me.  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 07:41 PM   #10 
  - I loved that movie!  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 07:44 PM   #13 
  - Did you just say something? Sorry, I'm high.  graywarrior   Sep-23-11 09:03 PM   #35 
  - +1  tgearfanatic234   Sep-24-11 07:20 PM   #41 
  - Considering who wrote it and when 1959 ,I think it's an exercise in Existential..  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 07:25 PM   #2 
  - Just reading it through, like watching a movie or the landscape going by on a train worked for me.  pinto   Sep-23-11 07:29 PM   #3 
  - What you want to do is cut it up, and then put it back together in  Bluenorthwest   Sep-23-11 07:34 PM   #5 
  - I love his voice over on Materials song ' Seven Souls '  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 07:38 PM   #7 
  - Here's how I learned of Burroughs. I was a kid and I went to see  Bluenorthwest   Sep-23-11 08:05 PM   #24 
  - My favorite is Material's  bengalherder   Sep-23-11 10:28 PM   #37 
     - They remind me of ' Tangerine Dream '  orpupilofnature57   Sep-24-11 08:23 AM   #39 
  - Thanks. I had read about the cut-up method it was written in, and that helped me a bit.  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 07:39 PM   #8 
     - stop making sense.  Bluenorthwest   Sep-23-11 08:01 PM   #22 
        - Cosmic Debris  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 08:02 PM   #23 
        - That brings back memories...  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 08:19 PM   #26 
           - One of the best concerts I ever attended ,David Byrne is a genius.  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 08:33 PM   #33 
  - why did you start at the beginning?  provis99   Sep-23-11 07:40 PM   #9 
  - Because thats how one is supposed to read a book?  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 07:46 PM   #14 
     - It's like a tree falling in the forest ,and a bunch of deaf people are standing..  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 07:50 PM   #16 
     - it takes skill to read the Kerouac stream of consciousness stuff, too.  provis99   Sep-23-11 07:53 PM   #18 
        - Kerouac was deep ,Papa was shallow ,and over appreciated.  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 08:00 PM   #21 
           - Oh, SNAP! You're gonna start a fight with that!  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 08:24 PM   #27 
              - No No ,your right ,I loved 'Snows of Kilimanjaro'  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 08:29 PM   #31 
                 - ...  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 08:32 PM   #32 
                    - watching that and listening to the 528hz frequency ,could cure me ,thanks  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 08:36 PM   #34 
                       - How is it that we have not yet met here?  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 09:07 PM   #36 
                          - I got in to such a Flame Jan/20/10 , and have just started posting again.  orpupilofnature57   Sep-24-11 06:34 AM   #38 
                             - .  cleanhippie   Sep-24-11 10:06 AM   #40 
  - How about the Dharma Bums by Kerouac instead.  begin_within   Sep-23-11 07:42 PM   #11 
  - How about 'Steppenwolf ' by Hesse or 'Siddhartha'  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 07:47 PM   #15 
  - This isn't really meant to be read as a straight forward novel, it's concept stuff.  The_Casual_Observer   Sep-23-11 07:42 PM   #12 
  - Throw the damn thing away...  1620rock   Sep-23-11 07:52 PM   #17 
     - Name one.  orpupilofnature57   Sep-23-11 07:54 PM   #19 
     - Thats pretty harsh opinionated stuff there...  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 08:25 PM   #28 
     - You probably say that about Faulkner, too, then.  Goblinmonger   Sep-25-11 11:07 AM   #42 
  - You're not trying to read it with your clothes on, are you? Rookie mistake. nt  Speck Tater   Sep-23-11 07:59 PM   #20 
  - FFS, thats it! How could I have missed it.  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 08:26 PM   #29 
  - Let Bill read it to you, it is really helpful. Here he is with suitable  Bluenorthwest   Sep-23-11 08:12 PM   #25 
  - Holy shit, thats even MORE bizzare.....  cleanhippie   Sep-23-11 08:27 PM   #30 
  - I don't think Burroughs really got his style together until...  Moe Shinola   Nov-07-11 05:48 PM   #43 

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