William Burroughs first book, “Junky” was a revelation to me when I read it. This is a man who was both highly educated and rich but took jobs bar tending in seedy NYC bars in the 1940′s just so he could interact with shady characters and experience the city’s dark underbelly.
An autobiography, it covers a time in Burroughs life where he became addicted to morphine and chronicles his attempts to eventually live without it, but more importantly how to get it by any means necessary. This involves stealing money off passed out drunk people on the subways and forging doctor’s prescriptions.
Sound familiar? In an earlier review, I wrote about the book, “You Can’t Win”, by Jack Black. This is a book Burroughs memorized by heart and even wrote the forward to in later editions.
Remember that book, “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey that came out a few years ago? Well this is a lot like that, except it’s good and it actually happened.
You can purchase said book, here.