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UFO And Alien Subjects Veiled In Naked Lunch

From: Terry Groff <terry.nul>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 23:58:00 -0600
Archived: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 07:42:41 -0500
Subject: UFO And Alien Subjects Veiled In Naked Lunch

Source: Huliq.Com



UFO And Alien Subjects Veiled In Naked Lunch, As Book Turns 50
by Dave Masko

Bray'S Point, Ore. -"You're not quite human are you", questioned
William S. Burroughs after one of his alien encounters that's
detailed in the special 50th anniversary edition of his landmark
book Naked Lunch that includes additions by the author about
UFOs and aliens; while, also stating that there's a "lack of
interest and fear of finding the truth", as to why UFOs have not
become the story of the century, as it should be. Naked Lunch
reaches 50 year milestone.

Naked Lunch was originally published with the title The Naked
Lunch in Paris in 1959. But, because of U.S. obscenity laws and
Burroughs frankness about UFOs and aliens, the complete American
edition did not follow until 1962.

However, a special 50th anniversary edition with rare outtakes
and interview transcripts has just been published, and based on
the complete Burroughs writings that were in the possession of
the great American poet Allen Ginsberg.

Time magazine put Naked Lunch on its list of 100 Best English-
Language Novels, and its fame also extended to the 1991 film
Naked Lunch by David Cronenberg.

Burroughs states in his introduction that the famed Beat writer
Jack Kerouac suggested the title. "The title means exactly what
the words say: naked lunch, a frozen moment when everyone sees
what is on the end of every fork."

Burroughs and UFO encounter

The legendary UFO and alien close encounter writer Whitley
Strieber stated in an interview about his meetings with
Burroughs - who he called "one of my favorite authors" - that he
read Strieber's Communion books and wished to encounter the
"visitors" firsthand.

Burroughs had already had a taste of meeting with aliens during
a much documented 1976 visit to meet with friend Ken Kesey at
his Bray's Point home. Today, there's a tree at Bray's Point
that includes Burroughs initials WSB carved in it near the Kesey
summer home.

"Burroughs was on the list of visitors to Bray's Point",
explained Steve Hallett , a retired logger from the region who's
hobby is collecting artifacts of the coastal Native American
tribes that "worshipped the hovering flying discs."

Hallett is also a member of the Oregon UFO group called the
"watchers", who frequent the areas along the central Oregon
coast that include Stonefield Beach and Bray's Point. In fact,
Hallett likes to joke that "all roads lead to Bray's Point and

At the same time, Hallett notes an interesting convergence at
Bray's Point back in 1976 - the location of author Ken Kesey's
summer home - that links the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek with UFO
events that are still breaking in today's world.

Both Burroughs and Hynek attended Kesey's 1976 "Intrepid Trips
Society for Aesthetic Revolutionary Training " Festival in
Eugene and Bray's Point. It was also known as the First and Last
Annual Poetic Hoo-Haw, and featured other top writers and
thinkers of the day.

Burroughs went deep to unearth alien life

"Burroughs uses Naked Lunch to take on everything, framing a
work of literary resistance on the most fundamental terms",
writes David L. Ulin who produced a special afterword for the
50th anniversary edition of Naked Lunch. Ulin is the author of
"The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction and the Fault
Line Between Reason and Faith."

Along those lines, the editors of Naked Lunch point to the many
"myths surrounding Burroughs beliefs in UFO and alien life on

For instance, the 50th anniversary edition includes outtakes
and interview transcripts that were considered too crazy
because of his "alien talk", in the sixties when civil rights
and women's rights trumped those who believed in visitors from
another planet.

"Every race and condition and potentiality no matter now vile
and horrible must merge into new forms. Just as the disciplines
of physics, literature cannot maintain separate existence in the
'light' of the facts of ESP and alien life. This understanding
that we are not alone will knock down our wall of
misunderstanding with a sledgehammer", wrote Burroughs in his
Naked Lunch outtakes.

Moreover, Burroughs describes the alien's he encountered as
having "faces with the eerie innocence of old peoples."

Overall, the writer's words about UFOs and aliens are veiled
within a text that both disturbs and inspires, say fans.

"Nature has a way of biting back, and teaching us lessons. Why
should we not look for answers about alien life? It's fear of
finding out that's kept this from being the story of the
century", said Burroughs during one of his last interviews about
UFO sightings before his death.

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