Semiotext(e) Volume III, No. 2: The Schizo-Culture Issue (1978). Kathy Acker, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Michel Foucault, John Giorno, Philip Glass, Joey Ramone, Jack Smith, Robert Wilson.
Semiotext(e) Volume III, No. 2: The Schizo-Culture Issue (1978)

Semiotext(e) Volume III, No. 2: The Schizo-Culture Issue (1978)

New York, NY: Columbia University / Semiotext(e) Inc., 1978. First Printing. Softcover. Offered here is the prophetic and highly sought-after "Schizo Culture" issue of the influential Semiotext(e) magazine, the first in what would be two issues bearing the "Schizo Culture" series name. If there is any single item which might have forcasted the Postmodern turn William S. Burroughs-related scholarship (and indeed, most all literary analysis in the academy) would take, it would be this very item--a relic from the dawn of Postmodernism's princely coronation in the academy. It is then fitting that three giants of the genre are advertised on the front cover: Michel Foucault, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Gilles Deleuze. The average American may be unaware to the fact, but we are presently living in the world these Frenchman agitated for and prophesied. The "Gender Theory" of Judith Butler which has us now familiar with "they/them" pronouns and phrases like "non-binary" firmly has its roots in the writing of Michel Foucault. The very word "Postmodernism" was first used in a philosophical context by Jean-Francois Lyotard, who contributes "On the Strength of the Weak." Gilles Deleuze, also featured in this issue, wrote a book titled: "Capitalism and Schizophrenia" which attempted to continue the Critical Theorist Herbert Marcuse's project of marrying Marx & Freud. While Burroughs himself cannot be rightly considered a Postmodernist or a Critical Theorist, it is no surprise that scholars still today see Postmodern tools as special lenses that may lend themselves rather neatly to an analysis of his work, as it isn't hard to see how Lyotard's theory of "language games and phrase regimens" as well as Jacques Derrida's theories of "Deconstruction" might be applied to an analysis of the Cut-Ups or WSB's insistence on "Cutting the Word Lines," for instance. As this writer bore witness to in Vienna at the European Beat Studies Network Conference in 2018, some of the "best minds" working in Beat Scholarship (over the last 40 years!) are still applying this lens to their analysis of Burroughs. Along with the A-List Postmodernists who dominate the issue, WSB himself appears with "The Limits of Control," -- and, in that special future-twisting way that only Burroughs can pull off, he begins with a discussion of potential "post-hypnotic suggestions" on the assassin of Bobby Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan (who is, at the time of this writing, presently awaiting release by the ever-prudent California Parole Board). Other contributors include Kathy Acker, John Cage, John Giorno, Philip Glass, Jack Smith, Robert Wilson, The Ramones ("Teenage Lobotomy") and more. If you want a window into the NY Underground in 1978 or desire to fortify your understanding of William S. Burroughs scholarship as it has evolved, this is a must-own issue of Semiotext(e). (Shoaf 283, Section III, pg. 151; Schottlaender C456, pg. 71). From the collection of Brian Schottlaender, author of "Anything But Routine," the most complete & up-to-date WSB bibliography now in its fourth ever-expanding online edition. We always consult our good friend Brian's ABR for all our WSB-related rarities, as above. Magazine in near fine condition with only the slight yellowing to fine-edges native to this particular vintage issue of Semiotext(e); slight, scattered chipping and minute bumps to same; typical vertical crease along spine from the many inevitable consultations of the text that result from owning this information-dense publication; a few tiny instances of spotting & wear along same; similar scattered, slight spotting to back cover; tiny instance of chipping at bottommost fine-edge of same, and tiny bump at bottom left-hand corner of same. Near Fine. [Item #4624]

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