The Ticket That Exploded by William S. Burroughs
New York : Grove Press, 1967. Second Printing. Hardcover. 217 pages ; 22 cm. $5.00 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED
A NOVEL BY WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
Through winds of time, in strange beds, past silent obsidian temples, William Burroughs once again shuttles us back and forth between lunar worlds and the wired electric maze of the city. He presents us with a universe threatened with complete control of communications by the Nova Mob whose technique is both simple and familiar: create insoluble conflicts, aggravate existing conflicts, and use feedback of information to opposed pressure groups. ... In a maze of computers, tape recorders, films, and every other kind of electric device already made or only dreamed of, the reader finds himself in a society of ad men, con men, vaudeville voices, strange chemists, writing machines, substitute flesh ("Better than 'the real thing'? — There is no real thing—"), and combat troops. With a shock one realizes that the reality is greater than the fiction: what Burroughs is actually confronting us with is our contemporary society. "You see the action, B.J.? All these patrols cut off light-years behind enemy lines trying to get through some fatassed gum-chewing comic-reading Technical Sergeant to Base Headquarters and there is no Base Headquarters everything is coming apart like a rotten undervest... but the show goes on . ."
The Ticket That Exploded was first published in France in 1962. Since then, Burroughs has revised and added to the text, and the new material serves both as an expansion of and as a commentary on the original; new experiments with spliced tape, tape recorders, and films have added another dimension. Also included is an Appendix, the invisible generation, in which Burroughs elaborates on the techniques of these experiments and communications control—any number can play.
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