Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting. Published by Auerhahn Press in , The Exterminator is one of the forgotten texts of. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that “Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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A sort of Twilight Zone of paranoia, surveillance, violence, heroin, unreality, reality, disease, willia, FBI, sex, cops, heroin, America, Americans, presidential candidates, heroin, and someone named Audrey who just pops up here and there.

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The writing style changes almost every short story. Jul 02, M. The plot does not unfold. And he exterrminator come remotely close burrougys meeting it. We can see, as we progress through the book, that the characters are pretty much the same, although with different names. I began to wonder if I had any intellect while reading this because I would stop at the end of the paragraph and have forgotten everything I ha 2.

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Sep 23, Logan Doyle rated it it was ok. I should qualify the last sentence. Though the stories are bleak — offering little hope for or admiration of humanity, particularly America- they also assert the hope, however bizarrely, that people will discover and maintain their own unique individualities.

Some of the stories, such as “Ali’s Smile”, had previously been published in other books and magazines such as Rolling StoneVillage VoiceEvergreen Reviewand Esquire. Tried twice to get into this book.


This article about a collection of short stories is a stub. So while a couple pages can pass with what seem like disjointed recurring images of Clancy the cop, someone named Audrey, and the number 23, after wading through the mire the reader is rewarded with a surprisingly and unexpected pulling together of seemingly loose ends.

Jul 16, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t know what I just read.

I will grant there were a few lines here an there which did evoke a response, but mostly just “WTF” Somehow that first time through my brain was able to just shove aside and ignore my abhorrence of all the anti-Semitism, misogyny, rape, child sexualization it’s not like I enjoyed the repeated phrase “young boys need it special” that first time through, but how did I not just spit out the whole bookracism and so on throughout.

I can only give it 2. View all 8 comments. It was a very fun read, and full of surprises – a guide for efficient life habits, pornography that explodes the faces of Burroughss agents, police brutality at a student protest and gay youths transforming into wolves.

A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be “one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century”.

Ecola Termite and Pest Control Services. Stepping into the wioliam that is William S. Many reviewers have pointed out the flagrant racism and general ugliness in this book and cited it as their reason to the give the book one star, or to give up on it, and that’s completely valid.


A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be “one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, — August 2, was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, extermnator, and spoken word performer.

Thank words that Burroughs wrote so much. Short guy with a hat.


William Burroughs was a crazy man who believed crazy things, but when I read his books, I can actually hear his voice. In while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat Generation.

I’m not sure, and I don’t really mind. I would not recommend this book to anyone, only to the adventurous reader with a particular bent no pun intended for the weird and the experimental.


It sucked and it was dumb. He may be our only wioliam whose socio-political apocalyptica transcend both paranoia and triviality; his imagination is superb, his ear savagely satiric, but something is missing The lies are obvious.

My first Burroughs, but given his reputation I had a good idea of what to expect, and I was proven mostly right.