Blew the Shot

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Blew the Shot

an account of William S. Burroughs time in Mexico

Authored by Luis Blasini


It was the shot heard round the countercultural world; the literal Big Bang of the Beats. In 1951, during a party one night in Mexico City, writer William S. Burroughs drunkenly convinced his wife Joan Vollmer into standing against a wall with a shot glass on her head while he fired a gun at her.

BLEW THE SHOT weaves up to this appalling incident, drifting back and forth in time, examining the reasons and keystones behind Burroughs' murder of Vollmer. The motivations and events, examined and tossed about like a Rorschach test, creates a story that's part biography, part horror tale, and part touchingly emotional psycho-drama.

The author Luis Blasini leaves lusciously ambiguous whether the shooting itself was murder, drug-fueled madness, or one of those great historical incidents transcending its reality to become an allegory for art and destruction.

BLEW THE SHOT slides artfully along the razor's edge suggesting the principal character might be either a genius or merely a depraved madman. There's the sense of a man who's tormented by the demons of his lusts and appetites, and is often helpless before them, as revealed within dramatically fact based innuendos that will leave the reader desiring for more.

Publication Date:
1522993339 / 9781522993339
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts / General

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