Title: The Ticket That Exploded
Author: William Burroughs
Page Count/Review Word Count: 168
This is one of William Burroughs’ more experimental works, and that says a lot – he’s not exactly a mainstream writer of literary fiction, more like a crazy old wordsmith who forged books by bashing words together.
The Ticket That Exploded is typically chaotic, with plenty of mentions of penises and rectums, and while I had no idea what was actually happening, with Burroughs you don’t really need to. Besides, as the second book in Burroughs’ ‘Nova trilogy‘, it was written using the cut-up method – it’s not supposed to make sense.
Let me explain – Burroughs experimented by cutting out lines of his manuscript and re-arranging them, and by recording lines and then cutting and pasting the recordings until a new composite whole was formed. He then based parts of the manuscript on this new amalgam. It’s fascinating, really – he even detailed the process in the novel.