Scientologist!: William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult by David S Wills

Scientologist!: William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' [Paperback] David S Wills

Cover of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult.

 

 

 

 

Synopsis of Scientologist!: William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' by David S Wills 

William Seward Burroughs (1914-1997) was an American novelist. Burroughs's work is often semi-autobiographical, drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict living in Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American Amazon and Tangier in Morocco. 

In Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult,' David S. Wills, founder and editor of Beatdom, traces Burroughs' involvement with Scientology from his early introduction to Dianetics in the late 1950s and continuing throughout his life. The book opens with a biography of Burroughs, detailing some of the trauma that caused him the psychological scars that made him susceptible to L. Ron Hubbard's teachings, 

If you're a Burroughs or a Beat Generation fan, this is a must-read. However, others will find  lots of interest in this book and David S Wills passion for the topic comes through on every page.

  • Paperback :  224 pages
  • Publisher   :   Beatdom Books (9 Mar 2013)
  • ISBN-10    :   0956952526
  • ISBN-13    :   978-0956952523

Scientologist!: William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' by David S Wills - Amazon UK 

 

 
 Beatdom 12 ~ The Crime Issue  Zeena Schreck. Davis S WillsZeena Schreck on the cover of Beatdom 12 Magazine

 

 

 

 

Beatdom 12 ~ The Crime Issue


Issue Twelve is another jam-packed issue, featuring interviews with Patti Smith, Amiri Baraka, Joyce Johnson and a close look at the first person to publish a piece of Beat Literature, John Clellon Holmes.

 

The cover feature the lovely American artist, musician and author Zeena Schreck. Zeena also contributes a short monologue to the issue.

To read more about Beatdom 12 please click here 

 

Update September 13 - Buy Beatdom 13 from Amazon UK

 

David S Wills

 

David S Wills

The  author David S Wills told The Cambodia Book Club:

I was born and raised in Scotland, and when I graduated from university with a Masters in Literature, I decided that I wanted to be a writer. With few newspaper ads saying things like, "Seeking writer," I just started my own publication, which sort of snowballed into a publishing company.

In 2013, after six years of teaching English, I moved to Cambodia in order to focus more on my writing. That hasn't panned out yet, but I'm optimistic...

I think I got into the Beats when I was around 18 years old thanks to a friend. I'd been writing weird confessional prose for a while and he pointed out that it was quite similar in style to some Beat writers. He gave me a copy of On the Road, and that lead me down the Beat path... 

At first it was Burroughs, then Snyder, Kaufman, Ginsberg, and Burroughs came later. His life, I feel, is more interesting.

Zeena Schreck

 

 

 

 

Zeena Schreck

Zeena Schreck, (born Zeena Galatea LaVey in 1963 is an American artist, musician, author, animal rights activist, Tantric Buddhist, and the spiritual leader of the Sethian Liberation Movement (SLM).

Professionally, Zeena Schreck is better known mononymously as Zeena, in the same fashion as single-named public figures such as the musician Bjork.

Zeena Schreck is a regular contributor to Beatdom magazine.

In December 2011 Zeena Schreck spoke about the Sethian Liberation Movement on Nightwatch Radio while also promoting two of her short fiction stories, A Short History of Buddhism in Berlin and Lost and Found: A Fairy Tale of Sethian Awakening, in the literary journal Beatdom released December 2011.

Zeena contributes the erotic story 'Theater Monologue from 1986' to the Beatdom 12 magazine.

 

naked lunch restored text

Naked Lunch Restored Text edition 2010

 

 

 

 

Naked Lunch 

‘Taxi boys waiting for a pickup,’ Eduardo said and died of an overdose in Madrid.
- Atrophied Preface - Wouldn't You from Naked Lunch Restored Text (Fourth Estate 2010)

Naked Lunch was published in 1959 and is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. Whereas Junkie and Queer were conventional in style, Naked Lunch is written in a non-linear style using the cut-up technique that Burroughs developed after working with Brion Gysin at the Beat Hotel in Paris. 

Narrated by a drug addict, Naked Lunch juxtaposes two journeys: the narrator's physical progress from America to North Africa, via Mexico, and a terrifying descent into his own altered consciousness. It is loosely based a the sex, drugs and murder in Burroughs' home in Tangier.

Alt Lit author Noah Cicero explained in an interview with the author David S. Wills in October 2013 (www.thenervousbreakdown.com) - Burroughs was this rich kid drug addict who went around the world endlessly looking for “something.” He never found it, which is how a lot of us feel. His experimental books showed us how insane our culture is, or maybe how insane every culture is.

The Naked Lunch Restored Text edition includes essays and newly discovered material from the original manuscript.
 
On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac

 

 

 

 

Jack Kerouac's On the Road 

Kerouac inspired a lot of young people to get in a car and explore the American highway. He gave us a language to understand what we looking at. On the Road was a book of philosophy, and it gave us a gateway to have our own thrilling experiences.
- Noah Cicero discussing Jack Kerouac's On the Road in David S. Wills interview with Noah Cicero in October 2013 (www.thenervousbreakdown.com)

Jean-Louis "Jack" Kérouac (1922-1969) was an American novelist. Alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg he was a pioneer of the Beat Generation

On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac. On the Road is based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across America. It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry and drug use.

He died in 1968 from internal bleeding due to long term alcohol abuse.

 

William S Burroughs (William S Burroughs 100 Facebook)

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Jack Kerouac's House 1418 Clouser Avenue, Orlando, Florida

Paris and the ‘Beat Hotel’ William S. Burroughs – Junkie Vagabond

William S Burroughs in Paris Hotel

  Concordance - A List of Words & Places
  Alfred Korzybski Alfred Korzybski (1879–1950) a Polish-American philosopher and scientist. He is remembered for developing the theory of general semantics.
  Beat Hotel The Beat Hotel was a small at 9 Rue Gît-le-Cœur in the Latin Quarter of Paris, notable chiefly as a residence for members of the Beat poetry movement
  Bogomoletz serum Professor Alexander Bogomoletz serum reported in Time Magazine 17 January 1944 as being able to make man to live to be 125 years old.
  Brion Gysin Brion Gysin (1916–1986) was a painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist born in Taplow, England
  cut-up technique The cut-up technique is a literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. It can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized by William S. Burroughs
  El Hombre Invisible  William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible is a book by Barry Miles
  Herbert Huncke Herbert Huncke (1915-1996) was a street hustler  who became a writer & member of the Beat Generationand &  is reputed to have coined the term.
  Literary Outlaw Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs is a  book by Ted Morgan
  Maurice Girodias Maurice Girodias (1919–1990) was the founder of the Olympia Press
  Olympia Press Paris-based publisher launched in 1953.  Olympia Press was the first publisher willing to print William S. Burroughs's controversial novel Naked Lunch.  It is best known for the first print of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita .
  Saint Hill Manor  The global headquarters of the Scientology movement from 1959 to 1966 was Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, Sussex.
 

Herbert E. Huncke note book (Whollybooks web site)

 

 

 

 

Quotations

“As a young child I wanted to be a writer because writers were rich and famous. They lounged around Singapore and Rangoon smoking opium in a yellow pongee silk suit. They sniffed cocaine in Mayfair and they penetrated forbidden swamps with a faithful native boy and lived in the native quarter of Tangier smoking hashish and languidly caressing a pet gazelle.”

Burroughs explaining why he wanted to be a writer - Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' 

In Tangier Burroughs found people like himself – who’d made wrong turns at every point in their lives and ended up stranded in this odd city of the damned.

Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' 

 

William S Burroughs Commissioner of Sewers

Commissioner of Sewers cover

 

 

 

 

William S. Burroughs & James Joyce’s Ulysses

In 1991, William S. Burroughs took part in an informal documentary called Commissioner of Sewers in which he discussed literature and other aspects of society.

During the interview Burroughs explained:
“One very important aspect of art is that it makes people aware of what they know and what they don’t know that they know,” Burroughs said. “This applies to all creative thinking. For example, people on the sea coast in the middle ages knew the Earth was round. They believed the Earth was flat because the church said so. Galileo tells them the Earth was round, and nearly was burned at the stake for saying so.” 

Burroughs summons as examples Cézanne, whose studies of what “objects look like seen from a certain angle and in a certain light” at first made viewers think “he’d thrown paint on canvas,” and Joyce, who “made people aware of their stream of consciousness, at least on a verbal level,” but “was first accused of being unintelligible.” 

Yet Burroughs found he lived in a world where, this art already having expanded humanity’s consciousness, “no child would have any difficulty in seeing a Cézanne” and few “would have any difficulty with Ulysses.  Once the breakthrough is made, this becomes part of the general awareness.

With thanks to the Open Culture Web Site (www.openculture.com)

 

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