The Yage Letters

The Yage Letters

William S. Burroughs Allen Ginsberg / Feb 24, 2020

The Yage Letters An early epistolary novel by William Burroughs whose account of himself as as junkie published under the pseudonym William Lee ended Yage may be the final fix In letters to Allen Ginsberg an

  • Title: The Yage Letters
  • Author: William S. Burroughs Allen Ginsberg
  • ISBN: 9780872860049
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • An early epistolary novel by William Burroughs, whose 1951 account of himself as as junkie, published under the pseudonym William Lee, ended Yage may be the final fix In letters to Allen Ginsberg, an unknown young poet in New York, his journey to the jungle is recorded, detailing picaresque incidents of a search for a telepathic hallucinogenic mind expanding drug cAn early epistolary novel by William Burroughs, whose 1951 account of himself as as junkie, published under the pseudonym William Lee, ended Yage may be the final fix In letters to Allen Ginsberg, an unknown young poet in New York, his journey to the jungle is recorded, detailing picaresque incidents of a search for a telepathic hallucinogenic mind expanding drug called yage Ayahuasca, or Banisteripsis Caape , used by indian doctors for finding lost objects, mostly bodies and souls Author and recipient of these letters met again in New York, Christmas 1953, and edited the writings to form this single book The correspondence contains the first seeds of the later Burroughsian fantasy in Naked Lunch Seven years later Ginsberg in Peru writes his old guru an account of his own visions and terrors with the same drug, appealing for further counsel Burroughs mysterious reply is sent The volume concludes with two epilogues a short note from Ginsberg on his return from the Orient years later reassuring Self that he is still here on earth, and a final poetic cut up by Burroughs, I am dying, Meester

    Descriptions of the Ayahuasca Experience MeO DMT The most commonly used ingredients for the preparation of ayahuasca in the Western is the slow brewed combination of chacruna leaves Psychotria viridis and the ayahuasca vine Baniseriopsis caapi.According to The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances Almost invariably other plants are mixed together with the jungle vine Banisteriopsis about a hundred different species are Ayahuasca Ayahuasca UK a j w s k , US w s k , iowaska, or yag j h e , j , is an entheogenic brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the indigenous peoples of the basin and is known by a number of different names see below B caapi Ayahuasca Recipe Your resource about the ayahuasca vine and ayahuasca recipe ingredients ayahuasca retreats and experiences Ayawaska Iowaska Yage Yaje. Allen Ginsberg , la enciclopedia libre Aullido Su principal obra es el poema Aullido Howl , muy conocido por su frase de apertura He visto a las mejores mentes de mi generacin destruidas por la locura La obra se consider escandalosa por la crudeza de su lenguaje, a menudo muy explcito. Ayahuasca , la enciclopedia libre Este artculo tiene referencias, pero necesita ms para complementar su verificabilidad Puedes colaborar agregando referencias a fuentes fiables como se indica aqu.El material sin fuentes fiables podra ser cuestionado y eliminado Este aviso fue puesto el de mayo de . Tim Severin Tim Severin born September is a British explorer, historian and writer Severin is noted for his work in retracing the legendary journeys of historical figures Severin was awarded both the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Livingstone Nano Micro Letters Nano Micro Letters ISSN e ISSN CN TB Editor in Chief Yafei Anderson Zhang Editorial Board Policy About the Journal Burroughs Book Covers Jack Kerouac Book Covers William Burroughs Book Covers A selection of front covers of books by William S Burroughs click on thumbnail to enlarge JUNKIE Ayahuasca Ayahuasca is de verzamelnaam voor een groep plantenbrouwsels die MAO remmers bevattende planten combineren met planten die andere meestal indole alkaloden bevatten De naam ayahuasca is afkomstig uit de taal van de Quichua en kan vertaald worden als slingerplant van de ziel In het Quechua betekent aya geest, dode, voorvader of ziel huasca betekent touw of liaan, naar de William S Burroughs In den er und er Jahren wurde Burroughs zu einer Ikone der Popkultur Eine Reihe von populren Knstlern, vor allem solche aus der New Yorker Szene, nannten Burroughs als wichtige Inspirationsquelle.

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      • William S. Burroughs Allen Ginsberg

        William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.He was born to a wealthy family in St Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U.S Navy in 1942 to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs In 1943 while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat Generation.Much of Burroughs s work is semi autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American and Tangier in Morocco Finding success with his confessional first novel, Junkie 1953 , Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch 1959 , a controversy fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.S sodomy laws With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy 1961 64 In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift , a reputation he owes to his lifelong subversion of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism J G Ballard considered Burroughs to be the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War , while Norman Mailer declared him the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius.Burroughs had one child, William Seward Burroughs III 1947 1981 , with his second wife Joan Vollmer Vollmer died in 1951 in Mexico City Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer s death, an event that deeply permeated all of his writings Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in 1997.


    1. Dear Al,I'm detoxing. I can't find any little boys to pay for sex. Corruption, whine whine whine. Third world, whine whine whine.Low points: Cultural observation skips along the path to racism. Whining. Craptacular "routine" play thing, possibly more enjoyable if one knows about the politics of the time, possibly not. Disgusted tone gets me down.Highlights: Good writing. Good cultural observations. Stubborn scientific approach to looking to score. Bad trips. A freakout at the end. Epistolary. Wo [...]

    2. I spent my teenage years trailing through Naked Lunch, Junkie, and I later devoured Word Virus: A Burroughs Reader. I loved and continue to love those particular works. I remember reading The Yage Letters for the first time (2002?) and finding it engaging, but upon my second recent reading I am struck with major concerns: 1) Burroughs' effed up characterizations of indigenous peoples; 2) Burroughs participation in what we now call "sex tourism" and the many issues of privilege and dominance that [...]

    3. Le pusé una estrella por que es lo minimo que la página permite un libro epistolar donde un señor habla todo el tiempo sobre las iniciativas cleptomaniacas de los prostitutos que contrata,la fealdad de los muchachos que alcanza a ver desde las ventanas de los buses en los que monta, lo espantosos que son los países que visita y por ahí al final del libro menciona el yage. Un libro que parece editado no más por explotar el beneficio economico que representa el uso del apellido de Burroughs [...]

    4. This is probably my third favourite book by William S. Burroughs after 'Junky' and 'Cities of the Red Night'.This book is not only a first-hand account of his experiences taking the South American drug 'yage' (through the Putumayo Kofan and Vauges methods), but it also showcases Burroughs’ dry, tongue-in-cheek, ‘scientific’ humour. One of my favourite parts which really made me laugh and which is still very relevant in today’s society was, “You can not contact a civil servant on the le [...]

    5. As a Colombian and as person who is initiating herself in the world of ayahuasca, I find this book extremely offensive. This man comes to this land looking for nothing more than a drug that makes him hallucinate and disrespects not only what is considered a sacred plant but refers to shamans as ''brujos'', when they call themselves taitas, which is a name that has a deep meaning and respect. Burroughs came knowing nothing and left knowing nothing as well. If you read this book and know nothing a [...]

    6. "Meh" is pretty much all I thought about this. White junkie dude traipses through the and whines about it a whole bunch and is pretty much a jerk to everyone he meets. Whatever. (The Ginsberg part at the end was ok, though.)

    7. I read this book hesitantly about Burroughs's search for the perfect high in the jungles of the wondering if I could at all relate to it since, apart from a couple of all too brief experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, I've shied away from drugs almost entirely. Basically, drugs just never appealed to me. Even marijuana never did anything for me. I was just blasé about the whole thing. But, trust Burroughs, he renders the whole experience vividly here in bright colors including even the vulnerab [...]

    8. La scimmia sulla schiena, celeberrimo documentario autobiografico sulla tossicodipendenza, termina con una improvvisa virata avventurosa-fantastica e l'annuncio, da parte dell'autore, di un viaggio alla ricerca dello yagé, una segreta droga usata dalle popolazioni indigende dell'America latina e con supposte proprietà paranormali. Una droga che per Bill, il metaprotagonista/narratore dei romanzi di Burroughs, può liberare l'Uomo dal Virus della Parola, aprendolo al regno della mente (grazie a [...]

    9. I'd been looking for this book for quite some time when my roommate surprised me with a copy for my birthday. Quite interested, I read it immediately and in one sitting.Although Oliver Harris is only listed as the editor of this edition, his actual contribution, his introduction, constitutes almost a third of the text and is well worth reading. Most of the material, however, is by Burroughs.Excepting the introduction, the texts in this collection were composed in the fifties and sixties, when re [...]

    10. Dear Al,Sex tourist in search of final fix is no good, no bueno. Full of holes, full of holes. Use that last bit in summarizing new "epistolary novel" I'm writing. With letter, you're now part of novel. Mindfuck using old typewriter instead of Brion's Dream Machine. Annual meeting of society of book reviewers: "Are we to gulp down this slim edition of horseshit? Are we to spend hard-earned money on book ostensibly about yage and presumably visionary experience only instead to endure dry grating [...]

    11. i borrowed this from a friend in a great pile of books given to me, and to be completely honest, i probably would not have read it had i not been in the mood for a quick read.i've never been much of a fan of burroughs' writing style, but the fact that the bulk of the book is in the form of him writing letters to ginsberg makes it much easier to bear.i didn't care much for his overall quest for yage in the letters, but rather found enjoyment in his personal descriptions of 1950s south america. he [...]

    12. I got a lot out of Allen Ginsberg's contribution which was spiritual, compassionate, and thoughtful. Personally I wasn't crazy about William Burroughs' narrative since it was mostly him paying boys for sex. Not really my thing. If I were to read it again I would probably just skip to Ginsberg's section. I lent this to a person I don't think I'll ever see again so I think I'll have to buy another copy at some point.

    13. Bill goes to the jungle and alternately hunts Yage experiences and tricks with uncouth overexperienced native boys, one of whom steals his underpants.

    14. I have read this book before but hadn't saved it to and hadn't remembered until I was partway through it. I loved the parts that feel like anthropological and ethnobotanical studies where Burroughs was exploring the jungle and trying to find ayahuasca but I found it quite off-putting when he and Ginsburg are preying on Ecuadorian boys and smearing their white male privilege all over the place, never mind the incomprehensible section on buggery that was likely a trip Burroughs was on.I actually [...]

    15. I just finished reading this book for a Ginsberg project I'm working on. I read it a few years ago and again a few years before that, although I think this is the first time with the Redux version that includes some additional material and a long essay by Oliver Harris at the beginning. Overall, a great read. I did strangely discover something I'd overlooked in my research for Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult'. Burroughs' section was written in 1953, six years prior to his [...]

    16. Burroughs' writing is stark, evocative and full. It is also trying, racist, cruel and awkward. Then I got to Ginsberg's writing in the epilogues and it was hipster word vomit that made me yearn for when I read Steppenwolf (not a compliment to either text). Just rough overall.However. The Billy Bradshinkel routine is so good that it deserves its own star. I could re-read that one singular page over and over again and always be satisfied.

    17. En realidad no se cómo puntear esto.Me divirtió muchísimo. Burroughs es la clase de tipo que me gustaría tener de showman personal. Perfectamente cínico. No le jode banalizar (y eso me agrada).Allen Ginsberg me pareció poesía y estamos muy agradecidos por eso. Los dibujos de la edición que manejé son divinos. Digo divinos porqueLéanlo. Una horita de fiesta.

    18. Paternalista, racista y decepcionante (la única carta que me ha gustado y que realmente hablaba de la ayahuasca fue la de Allen Ginsberg, las de Burroughs me han decepcionado e indignado a partes iguales, aunque reconozco que me encanta su sentido del humor).

    19. Whiny, hyper-masculine horseshit. A wife killer and a NAMBLA supporter can't learn anything from Mother Aya. Hardly a Surpise.

    20. На языке, который не выучить upd: и не перевестиНичего так не освежает представление, как максимально близкий и не тривиальный первоисточник. Что писать про эту книгу не посмотрев документалку имени его величества.Билл и Ален, друзья и единомышленники, по совместительству л [...]

    21. A scholarly edition, perhaps a bit too scholarly, of William Burroughs' aborted epistolary novel about searching for "the final fix" in the jungle. The Yage letters was long thought to be an edited version of actual letters sent by Burroughs to his friend and cheerleader Allen Ginsberg when Burroughs was in South America. This is oversimplified. Burroughs did apparently send some letters to Ginsberg, but The Yage Letters was a project he and Ginsberg worked on for years in the hope of producing [...]

    22. I think Burroughs is an amazing writer. His abilities are often overshadowed by the events of his life, the culture he was inadvertently a part of, and the writing techniques he developed (specifically, the cut-up method employed in the Nova Trilogy). Many readers, myself included, have trouble with Burroughs' writings because they seem to lack traditional structure (excluding the later Red Night trilogy). It's difficult to summarize Naked Lunch in any coherent way, though many of the "routines" [...]

    23. Definitely one of the more interesting books I've read lately. In a nutshell, the book is a composition of letters written by William S. Burroughs to Allen Ginsberg during his trek to the South American River Basin in search of a rare hallucinogenic drug, yage, which is used by the indiginous indian doctors to find lost objects, primarly bodies and souls.It takes him a while to score some of the stuff, but as he progresses, he speaks about the peoples of all the countries and cities he visits, [...]

    24. Pretty much anyone interested in countercultural tourism, psychedelia or just good old-fashioned misanthropy can find something valuable in Uncle Bill's well-worn travel case. Ostensibly written as a series of letters to Allen Ginsberg back in the States while Burroughs was looking for a possible cure for his nasty junk habit, The Yage Letters forges the link between the pulp-fiction writer William Lee and the postmodern impressionist who crafted Naked Lunch. It appears that while yage could not [...]

    25. The "redux" version of this book contains indispensable history and background. Burroughs and Ginsberg exchanged letters in their quest for yage (or ayahuasca) from Mexico, through Central America, to South America. Today, one can fly to Peru and purchase an ayahuasca experience for less than a hundred bucks, and book your trip through the Internet. Ayshuasca tourism has transformed the experience just as tourism has diminished the entire world, from Machu Picchu to Manhattan. Twenty years after [...]

    26. This book was interesting in that it showed truly how far a man will go to get high, and how much he'll allow to be done to him when he's drunk and horny. There are no real revelations here, and nothing to be learned, but as letters go, it hit the mark. There were some points where Burroughs just rambles off into a reminiscent story while in the middle of writing letters to Ginsberg that are pretty cool. I like reading people's letters.You can see though, the master/apprentice relationship betwe [...]

    27. Here we find Burroughs performing the 'Ugly American', in terribly fine fashion. And just as the 'Ugly American' forms a central place in the Burroughs mythology, so too does the 'Yage Letters' form an essential element in Burroughs oeuvre. Complaints about the seedier elements conveyed in the letters, the sex tourism, the euro-centric view of the indigenous peoples, need to be tempered with an understanding that the Yage Letters is first and foremost a novel upon which Burroughs worked and re-w [...]

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