My Education: A Book of Dreams

by William S. Burroughs

Hardcover, 1995




New York : Viking, 1995.


A collection of unusual dreams. In one, a cockroach gets stuck in the narrator's ear, in another he watches a man eat his spilled brains. An occasion for the writer to expound his philosophy on life. By the author of The Cat Inside.

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William S. Burroughs is quite infamous, as is his group of Beatnik friends. Here we get to take a look into Burrough's subconscious. He rarely gives us more than his dreams themselves, only occasionally making conscious waking comments or giving us a bit of related information. Some is done with
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the "cut-up" technique. This was the last novel published by Burroughs before his death in 97. Here lie Burrough's dream cats, strange phantom creatures, searches for drugs, sex, breakfast, flying and levitation dreams, packing dreams, we see it all, Tangier, London, Paris, Ian Sommerville, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, even L. Ron Hubbard. All of these and more twist and turn within Burroughs sleeping mind, giving witness to a ghost-like opiate induced nightmare reality. You may find it interesting to research how Burroughs wrote. In the end, I only felt a deep pity for the man.
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