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I didn't realise he was into Scientology. On a different note...who would you kill using your William Tell routine?
I like both.
Only said it because there was a Fitzgerald thread as well...
about anyone in the 20th century except for Beckett and Kafka.
i liked individual segments of it, but disliked it as a whole.
is it worth it ?
some breathtaking passages in it. i found it quite difficult to get use to the "narrative" technique, though i'd been reading lots of very straightforward victorian novels before it.
one of the best things i've ever read. i didn't like it at all at first, found it really difficult but i returned to it at a later date. three cheers for me.
Burroughs was only very briefly into Scientology, after which he slagged it off relentlessly. His occult leanings were much more interesting and much less wank than Hubbard's money-spinning self-help shite.
he looked into it for about 6 months when it first got started, in the same way he looked into reich's orgone theory. as in : he wasn't a scientologist.
I've been interested in it since hearing the Kate Bush song Cloudbusting and have tried to track down the memoir "A Book of Dreams" by Wilhelm Reich's son, which was the inspiration for the song but it's out of print...
is impossible to find. i've got Reich's Mass Psychology Of Fascism which isn't too hard to find now and is very very interesting.
can also be found popping up occasionally in the songs of spacerock overlords Hawkwind from time to time too.
but i never did find out what it really is, although apparently a sturdy wardrobe can be a successful orgone accumulator
his theories of human history, how fascism stems from religious and sexual repression within the family and community make a lot of sense and are very interesting, but in a conventional scientific sense orgone theory is rather unrealistic. interesting tho!
when Scientology started, it was just another philosophical/psychological idea. The quasi-religious elements and the establishment of the Church of Scientology came later.