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The Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives, Vol. 3
Joe Samachson, Arthur Cazeneuve
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Carlton Mellick III
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Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz, Barry Miles Naked Lunch is one of the true seminal American novels, at least in my opinion. The "Restored Text" version adds some bits and pieces that have been excised and censored over the years, and does add a little to the experience of reading this classic. The book is always hard to quantify or just even describe to anyone who hasn't read it ... "Ginsberg writes science fiction"? "Kerouac on acid"? Nothing really comes close to encapsulating the book, which constantly shifts points-of-view, fiction to meta-fiction, addict's diary to snuff film. Characters from other Burroughs' books drift in and out, with his everyman junky/agent William Lee showing up in various contexts. Just read it. Naked Lunch is one of those few books that every intelligent human being should read at least once.