For the past few months, I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs and non-fiction. Mostly because I feel like I’m in a rut and need some inspiration. But I’ve always wanted to read this book, Junky, by William S. Burroughs — but honestly was never in the right mindset to do so until now. The last half of 2017 was all about self-reflection and introspection. And I firmly believe I left this book in a better, more clear mindset. Even with the subject better.
First off, wow. This book is deep, intense, and weirdly phenomenal. It follows a fictionalized version of William S. Burroughs himself thru selling heroin and other opiates during the 1940’s. He gets busted for what’d be considered a small crime today and fled to Mexico, jumping bail. I won’t spoil the ending for you but it’s a wild ride to say the list.
My aunt originally recommended Naked Lunch, then Junky. But it’s me and naturally, i do things in reverse. What I liked most about this book, i think, is just how vivid the author’s storytelling is. And how honest it was when discussing drug addiction.
The subject matter is very near & dear to my heart but it’s a fascinating look into the horrendous cycle of addiction and what it does to a person, both personally and their inner circles. Drugs make you do awful things that you never dreamed of doing, yet if deep enough, are no brainers to get another tasted of it.
If you know or are an addict, I promise you are not alone. You’ve got this and can beat it. I’m sure you have people that still wholeheartedly believe in you.
Favourite Quote: “The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a drug addict? The answer is that he usually does not intend to become an addict. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict….WHy did you ever try narcotics? Why did you continue using it long enough to become an addict? You become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in any other direction. Junk wins by default.