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The Stray BulletWilliam S. Burroughs in Mexico$
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Jorge García-Robles

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680627

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680627.001.0001

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The Gods Know How to Run This World

The Gods Know How to Run This World

Chapter:
(p.25) Part II The Gods Know How to Run This World
Source:
The Stray Bullet
Author(s):
Daniel C. Schechter

Jorge García-Robles

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680627.003.0002

This is an maginative and riveting account of Burroughs’s formative experiences in Mexico, his fascination with Mexico City’s demimonde, his acquaintances and friendships there, and his contradictory attitudes toward the country and its culture. Burroughs explores the culture of Mexico and studies Aztec and Maya history half-heartedly, living contentedly with Joan and the children. The couple lives a self-destructive lifestyle, and tragedy strikes when Joan is shot by Burroughs accidentally. The section includes a piece by Burroughs himself, “My Most Unforgettable Character.”

Keywords:   William S. Burroughs, Mexico, Mexico City, Beat, Biography, Queer Studies

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