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Naked Lunch is a novel by American writer William S. Burroughs, originally published in 1959. The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. wikipedia

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WSB reads 23 random sentences from Naked Lunch

1 L.2: “A hog-balled, black-assed Communist Jew Nig-ger.

2 ” ‘I tell you when I leave the Wise Man I don’t even feel like a human. He converting my live orgones into dead bullshit.’

3 “Are we to gulp down this tissue of horse shit! Are we to take these glib lies like a greased and nameless asshole? Where is this wondrous centipede?

4 “In closing I want to sound a word of warning…. The logical extension of encephalographic research is bicontrol; that is control of physical movement, mental processes, emotional reactions and apparent sensory impressions by means of bioelectric signals injected into the nervous system of the subject.”

5 “The bartender looks up from his racing form. ‘Yeah. And theirs will be a painful doom.’

6 DISEUSE: “The girl with the innaresting groin.”

7 “Wise guy. Take off your clothes.”

8 “Why do you tell me all this? It’s too sordid! Let the retailers worry about it.”

9 Riot noises in the distance — a thousand hysterical Pomeranians.

10 ” ‘I don’t know why I ever wasted my time with you, you cheap, vulgar little fairy.’

11 The centipede nuzzles the iron door rusted to thin black paper by the urine of a million fairies….

12 And a rich man passed and stared at the monster and “Fats” rolled pissing and shitting in terror and ate his shit and the man was moved by this tribute to his potent gaze and clicked a coin out of his Friday cane (Friday is Moslem Sunday when the rich are supposed to distribute alms ).

13 The old Chinaman dips river water into a rusty tin can, washes down a yen pox hard and black as a cinder. ( Note: Yen pox is the ash of smoked opium. )


15 “Take a curare and relax. We got the fix in…”

16 “Know Marty Steel?” Diddle.

17 A squad of accountant investigators have made a life work of Sal’s international dossier…. His operations extend through the world in an inextricable, shifting web of subsidiaries, front companies, and aliases. He has held 23 passports and been deported 49 times — deportation proceedings pending in Cuba, Pakistan, Hongkong and Yokohama.

18 Sleep long in the valley of the Red River where cob-webs hang black windows and boy bones….

19 “That’s in rather bad taste, old boy…. Frankly I wish I had never involved myself in this uh matter. That bloody grease has too much carbolic in it. I was down to customs one day last week. Stuck a broom handle into a drum of it, and the grease ate the end off straight away. Besides, the stink is enough to knock a man on his bloody ass. You should take a walk down by the port.”

20 We are not responsible

21 “Well that’s a point of view. Have fun.”

22 Benway calls over the attendant who is sitting at one end of the ward reading a book of J. M. Barrie’s plays.

23 “Yes.”