The Library of Interzone

Reports from the Bibliographic Bunker

Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting

Library of Interzone

“We don’t report the news — We write it.”

Library of Interzone

“Naked Lunch is a blueprint, a How-To book . . . . Black insect lusts open into vast planet landscapes . . . . Abstract concepts, bare as algebra, narrow down to a black turd or a pair of aging cajones . . . . How-To extend levels of experience by opening the door at the end of a long hall . . . . Doors that only open in Silence”

Library of Interzone

“Ketch. But what’s the angle. . . . Books . . .” — William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch

Within the pages of Naked Lunch, William Burroughs maps Interzone. There is the Composite City; there is a political system; there is a bureaucratic structure; there is a University, a marketplace. There is also a library. Naked Lunch is the book that contains all books — an “endless novel” that spills in every direction, a Tower of Babel, a labyrinth, a hypertext, a feedback circuit on a computer chip.

Here is a small sampling of that library. These books were chosen because they were all annotated. Possessed.

Written by Jed Birmingham and published by RealityStudio on 31 October 2012.

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