William S. Burroughs
«Burroughs's fixations have led him down the garden path on
numerous occasions. He flirted with Scientology, enthralled with
its promised vacuuming of infantile traumas and acquired
prejudices, until he found it to be precisely the kind of malign
authoritarian system he sought to escape.» — Luc Sante,
"Invisible Man", New York Review of Books
, May 10, 1984;
by Chuck Beatty
LA Free Press (1970): "William S. Burroughs on Scientology"
A separation between Mr. Hubbard's work and
his opinions is ruled out by Mr. Hubbard's grandiose claims ...
'Galaxy upon galaxy billions of light years away have no bridge
no route to freedom ... Scientology is the one and only road to
total freedom and total power ... Scientology has the answers to
all the problems of the universe including the method of
solution' ... When the Founder, Controller and Guardian of the
'road to total freedom' starts spouting John Birch talk, his
road is called in question and we have every right to ask
precisely what his 'method of solution' is. If Mr. Hubbard were
content to be a technician who has made some important
discoveries we could afford to ignore his personal opinions.
When he sets himself up as the savior of all possible universes
Wikipedia (as of Mar. 2007): "William S. Burroughs"
Wikipedia (as of Mar. 2007): "Ali's Smile/Naked Scientology"
Ali's Smile/Naked Scientology
is the title of a short collection of essays and fiction by
William S. Burroughs
which was first published in 1978.
The short story "Ali's Smile" had previously been published
on its own in 1971 and later in the collection,
. The collected edition was published
Expanded Media Editions
The contents are a collection of
different texts that all have one subject in common: they
all deal one way or the other with
Dianetics), the controversial science fiction-based
religion founded by
L. Ron Hubbard. The original edition of the Ali's
Smile/Naked Scientology collection was
bilingual, with the text printed in both
German - the latter in translation by editor
Naked Scientology PDF, 647 KiB