As I've stated in a previous post, I'm again attempting to read Naked Lunch. I took it off the book shelf the other day, but I didn't start to read it until today. This is my first time reading it on amphetamines. For the first time I was able to sit and read the book for more than a half hour at a time. I made it to page 77 the restored text edition of the book. Just in case you happen to have a copy, and want to know what part I'm on right now, you can see. As long as you have the restored text edition of the book. If not, the page numbers are probably a little different.
I also went to the back of the book and read the original introduction, letters form William S. Burroughs to the editor, and by far the most interesting part of (in back of the book) Naked Lunch is" Letters From a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs" in which Burroughs talks about the effects of the drugs he has used, and also writes about how addictive certain drugs are. Most noteablely he writes about cures, and speculates to why morphine is addicting and Coke isn’t. Everything he writes here is clear and concise. If you are not an addict I suggest you Google "Letters from a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs" by William S. Burroughs. He puts into words something I thought was ineffable. I find his notes, and thoughts on the different cure most interesting. When he writes about the psychological addiction, after the physical addiction, and what cure he has taken that have to an extent relieved this psychological addiction.
For me the psychological withdrawals are the worst. I can suffer the pain of the physical withdrawals if I know there is no possible way I can get any type of opiate to relieve the withdrawals. If I wasn't on methadone right now, and was reading this book, or any book having to do with opiates, even if I see a syringe in doctor’s office when I'm not using any type of opiate, I will have an immediate and intense craving for heroin. I will fixate on it, and not stop until I get high. Even while on methadone I've still had psychological cravings for heroin. The proof is in the pudding, just go into my past posts. This is the first time I've had no urge to use heroin or any other opiate while reading about it. I'm not sure what has changed. Perhaps my last relapse has settled my appetite for opiates. I'm still interested in the subject, mainly because I can relate to the subject so much.
I also think I figured out why I've never been able to follow the book. It is NOT a novel. There is no set structure to the book, and in that is the structure of the book. There is a lot of non-sense in the book. Made up words, and the use of 40's slang in multiple languages. I like the gore, and the rawness of the book. The prose is brilliant. I'd compare the gore Burroughs makes so beautiful to bleakness and gore Shane aka HeroinHead's makes so beautiful with his prose here in blogger land. Shane HeroinHead has been compared to many great authors and poets.
I’m pretty sure; tonight or tomorrow I’ll finish Naked Lunch, write a critique/book report and understand the book as much as it is supposed to be understood.
Note: When I said I never followed Naked Lunch because there is a lot of Spanish in it, I was thinking of a different Burroughs book, Wild Boys, the book of the dead.