[Item #5897] Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology. William S. Burroughs.
Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology
Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology
Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology

Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology

Germany: Expanded Media Editions, 1978. First Edition Thus. Softcover. (Shoaf Section I, No. 42, pg. 46; Schottlaender A37, pg. 15). Signed by William S. Burroughs. “When the Founder, Controller and Guardian of the ‘road to total freedom’ starts spouting John Birch talk, his road to total freedom’ is called into question and we have every right to ask precisely what his ‘method of solution’ is…” (from “Burroughs on Scientology,” pg. 70). This now-classic work by William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), the patron saint-demon and the Founder’s Founder of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond has a unique publication history, like numerous other fascination-engendering Burroughs texts. It begins in 1971 with “Ali’s Smile” (Burroughs’ short story on Scientology) with a hyper-limited signed edition of 99 from Bill Butler’s Unicorn Books. That edition famously came with a 12” LP featuring WSB reading the second draft of the text, but according to WSB bibliographer, Eric Shoaf less than 50 full sets [LP included] were distributed. There was then of course a need to distribute the work more widely than Butler’s initial run made possible, — a need that was answered two years later by the great German Burroughsian, Carl Weissner (1940-2012). So, in 1973 Weissner’s Expanded Media Editions released its own version of “Ali’s Smile,” — but Weissner’s first crack at reprinting it barely expanded its possible readership, and only 100 copies (all numbered & signed by Burroughs & printed in green [on ochre paper] on recto, only) made it to market. Weissner made good on his initial commitment to delivering this compendium of incisive Burroughsiana in 1978, however with the publication of “Ali’s Smile / Naked Scientology,” which smartly closes, not opens with Burroughs short story from 1971 as initially published. Preceding it are five other comprehensive additions, all of which aid in understanding Burroughs’ own conceptions of and attitude regarding L. Ron Hubbard’s Martian bellicosity & the oddly prescriptive remedies his religion offered. The contents, in full are as follows: [1] “Burroughs on Scientology [L.A. FREE PRESS, 6.3.1970]”; [2] “William Burroughs: Open Letter to Mr. Gordon Mustain [EAST VILLAGE OTHER, 7.7.1970]”; [3] “William Burroughs on ‘Inside Scientology’ by Robert Kaufman [ROLLING STONE, 9.1..1972]”; [4] “R. Sorrell (Church of Scientology): Letter to ROLLING STONE, 5.12.1972”; [5] “William Burroughs: Answer to R. Sorrell’s Letter”; and lastly, [6] “Ali’s Smile,” the short story that started it all. Softcover original: First Edition Thus, First Printing, though not indicated as such on copyright page, preceded by separate printings of the essays and story within. This copy is additionally signed by Burroughs on title page in thin, black pen ink and reads: “William S. Burroughs.” In strong near fine condition with only slight-to-moderate shelf-wear, rubbing & bumping to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; a few scattered nicks & scuffs to same, else pristine. Near Fine. [Item #5897]

Price: $350.00