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i can not give enough praise to this depth and quality of work. bravo!
Again, we have more splendid pieces of outstanding, excellent scholarship from Professor Harris, all of it generously shared with us by Reality Studio.
So fortunate and so wonderful for us to have a brilliant scholar doing all of this deep-diving into the deep-time of the material.
The explication of relationships discovered between the early trilogy texts contain numerous, valuable insights. And so interesting that so many of the pivot points of the research are located in the letters.
I expect we’ll learn a tremendous amount more when Dr. Harris gets immersed in the material base of The Nova Trilogy – and all those letters.
Given the amount of excellent attention being given to the important earliest work of the dearly departed author, I’m beginning to regard Mr. Burroughs himself, as a CAT, a cool cat, if you like.
Years ago I learned that Dogs Have Masters but Cats Have Staff; even Cool Cats have staff.
First, there’s non-sense. Then, when you’re conscious about this immanent condition, you can come up with as many sense as anybody can find or as many sense an infinite non-sense will permit. (The construction of evidence, sometimes, depends in hiding the fact that though letters might be altered for literary purposes, they still remain clear, like a thousand other testimonies, as to the ravaging of the senses that a drug such as yagé produces). And Mr. Harris, there’s no question about it, is an expert in giving sense to all what in itself is senseless and therefore full of potential meanings like the ones he has just “discovered”
in or on the fact? the question of grammar is, of course, a question of sense…or its lack thereof…
Superb and fascinating as ever. The amount of thought and research that has gone into this article makes my head hurt. I shudder to think what Oliver’s must be like!
Add Comment – Okay, I will. Graham, what makes your head hurt and causes the shuddering is called alcohol poisoning. Dr. Harris’s head sparkles and gleams with lucid intelligence.
Isn’t there supposed to be a novel called “Con” somewhere? I thought that was the one that rounded off the “trilogy”. And what is it about trilogies? Why do we have to have trilogies? I admire Oliver’s work, without him we’d be a poorer bunch…. Good stuff…
Very good piece, thanks a lot for sharing your views & experience on these books! I love the idea of the publisher as the first entity who produced the idea of cut & paste / cut-up in Burroughs’ work – the insider / the outsider’s here !