Chapters: Alis Smile: Naked Scientology, the Electronic Revolution, the Third Mind, the Adding Machine: Collected Essays. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 22. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in theMoreChapters: Alis Smile: Naked Scientology, the Electronic Revolution, the Third Mind, the Adding Machine: Collected Essays. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 22. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge.
Excerpt: Alis Smile: Naked Scientology is a collection of essays and a short story by Beat writer William S. Burroughs (191497). First published in 1971 as the short story Alis Smile, the book eventually contained a group of previously published newspaper articles as well, all of which address Scientology. Burroughs had been interested in Scientology throughout the 1960s, believing that its methods might help combat a controlling society. He joined the Church of Scientology later in the decade. However, he became disenchanted with the authoritarian nature of the organization.
In 1970 Burroughs had published a considered statement on Scientologys methods because he felt they were significant enough to warrant commentary. These pieces were later gathered together into Alis Smile: Naked Scientology, which religious studies scholar Hugh Urban describes as a nonscholarly popular expose of Scientology.
Burroughss texts argue that while some of Scientologys therapies are worthwhile, the dogmatic nature of the group and its secrecy are harmful. Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs was an avant-garde author whom several important critics consider the most important American writer since World War II. Sometimes called the Godfather of Punk literature, he adopted a persona that Matt Theado, a scholar of the Beats, describes as a tormented but supremely curious person who explored the dark side of the human consciousness.
Burroughs often probed contentious social and political problems with a cold-blooded, almost insectlike presence that influenced popular culture as well as literature. ...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=514328