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KOisGod
You are, the wind beneath my wings.
06:34 PM on 03/10/2011
"On the Road" by Jack Kerouac changed me. It sure as he// woke me up.
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Holy Money
06:32 PM on 03/10/2011
Um, not only Naked Lunch but Sheltering Sky. Just for kicks we could toss in Being and Nothingness albeit the Giant Purple Lobster.
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KeysE2S
I feel-a so break-up, I want to go home!
06:23 PM on 03/10/2011
Um...hi? Naked Lunch?
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KIVPossum
Moldova Marsupial
06:29 PM on 03/10/2011
Came to mind.
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KeysE2S
I feel-a so break-up, I want to go home!
06:42 PM on 03/10/2011
It is my understanding that Boroughs was so messed up on scag that he didn't remember writing it.
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SpaceboySD
"Free To Be You And Me" Is My Bible
06:14 PM on 03/10/2011
I know Burroughs is already mentioned, but how about, "Naked Lunch"? I read it in high school a few years before the movie version, by David Cronenberg, came out. I didn't know what to make of the book, but after seeing the film, it actually kinda made sense.

Also, wasn't Brett Easton Ellis doing a ton of blow when he wrote, "American Psycho" (at least)? Another all-time fave.
06:36 PM on 03/10/2011
I agree that "Naked Lunch" would be right at home on this list, but I'd also venture to say that it hasn't aged well. It was controversial, it made a splash, but it's not a readable book (more readable than the ensuing cut-up trilogy, I guess, but not by much). When he opted for straight linear narrative, as he did in "Junky" or "Port of Saints" or "Cities of the Red Night", Burroughs was a very fine writer. I did enjoy the film version of "Naked Lunch", though--it came as close to capturing the atmosphere of Burroughs's writing in that period as any film ever will.
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KeysE2S
I feel-a so break-up, I want to go home!
06:42 PM on 03/10/2011
Twilight and anything by Dan Brown is unreadble. NL just expects a lot from its audience.
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SpaceboySD
"Free To Be You And Me" Is My Bible
01:36 PM on 03/11/2011
"Naked Lunch" and "Barton Fink" make for a great double-feature! Judy Davis is brilliant in both. My parents moved our family to N.C. when I was in middle school (which was pretty bleak, culturally, to someone like me), but there were a couple of indie movie theaters in Chapel Hill where I could quench my thirst for the "subversive" (at least according to Jesse Helms).
08:51 PM on 03/10/2011
Dude...you read Naked Lunch in HIGHSCHOOL?!?!? Seriously?!? Can't believe there is a highschool out there willing or capable of tackling Naked Lunch. I can't honestly say I fully understand Naked Lunch today.
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SpaceboySD
"Free To Be You And Me" Is My Bible
01:21 PM on 03/11/2011
Lol, I WISH my h.s. was that cool! No, I read "Lunch" independently. I was reading stuff like, "Naked Lunch", "Less Than Zero" and "120 Days of Sodom", in my spare time while the "required reading" in my high school was from all the usual overrated bores; Hemingway, Twain, Kerouac, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...I also really liked early Stephen King, Clive Barker, Calvin & Hobbes, Judy Blume and Howard Stern's, "Private Parts" so what do I know anyway? Haha, cheers :)
06:10 PM on 03/10/2011
HST a real an hero.
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Intrepid09
How did OUR oil get under THEIR sand?
06:05 PM on 03/10/2011
What about "Brave New World" or "The Doors Of Perception" by Aldous Huxley?
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leftybass
Itchycoo Park Ranger
06:04 PM on 03/10/2011
"The Basketball Diaries", by the late great Jim Carroll.
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dozaa
11:26 PM on 03/10/2011
totally. He is much missed.
05:58 PM on 03/10/2011
Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud.
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Adjective
05:53 PM on 03/10/2011
Rumor has it that Arthur Conan Doyle liked his 7% solution. And Poe had something going (maybe just the booze). Freud liked the nose candy, though.
05:49 PM on 03/10/2011
"Junky" definitely belongs on the list, but "Speed" by Burroughs Jr. is every bit as good.
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StevenevetS
05:35 PM on 03/10/2011
"Decision Points" by GWB
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KOisGod
You are, the wind beneath my wings.
06:35 PM on 03/10/2011
Drug of choice - willful ignorance.
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StevenevetS
10:59 PM on 03/10/2011
Well done!

F & F
05:26 PM on 03/10/2011
Winning by Charlie Sheen.
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CenaW
Did you know AOL belongs to A L E C
05:22 PM on 03/10/2011
Great list, Fear & Loathing is my fav.
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RedLeg2
Liberal Soldier Extraordinaire, 13B 88N 42R
04:57 PM on 03/10/2011
How to Talk Dirty and Influence People???
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RedLeg2
Liberal Soldier Extraordinaire, 13B 88N 42R
04:53 PM on 03/10/2011
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test???
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05:00 PM on 03/10/2011
Nah, Wolfe never participated, he just liked to watch.
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RedLeg2
Liberal Soldier Extraordinaire, 13B 88N 42R
02:08 AM on 03/11/2011
aww shux! lol