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Who knew Peter Max went to the Unknown Artist Institute?Click for larger image

Raoul Comments: Like watching Yellow Submarine on acid laced with strychnine.
Published 1969

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.79 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Nova Express”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    It’s taken nearly ten years, but finally this site has reproduced an accurate cover.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Two junkie monsters rampant on a field of needles. Must be the Burroughs family crest.

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think I see Bluto in the rowboat wearing a bra and panties. I probably shouldn’t have drunk the kool-aid.

  4. fred Says:

    Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…… Superworks!

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    It can’t be real literature – it doesn’t say ‘A Novel’.

  6. Anna T. Says:

    Someone really ought to do something about these people randomly turning into nuclear bombs. It could render us extinct, or destroy the world, or start World War III or something. This one has clearly opened a time portal that brought the dinosaurs back! WHO KNOWS WHAT COULD HAPPEN?!

  7. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Anna T: Is Blue Man not-Group there the daddy of the test-tube baby that turned into a nuke on one of the Honourable Mentions?

    @B’mancer (2): The monsters aren’t the only rampant on this cover.

    I am willing to bet that this either accurately reproduces the book’s content, or was drawn by the artist to the author’s specific yet rambling directions.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    I found a mention on Google.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’mancer—Careful—this sort of thing can lead us to reflections on postmodern literature, the blurring of literary genres as a way of deconstructing “high” and “low”culture, the commodification of art, the formal experiments of Burroughs and all sorts of serious thoughts not worthy of GSS! 😉

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: What I got out of it is that what’s cool and smart one decade is goofy and trying too hard later on.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    At which point in time did the publishing business agree upon the rule that the author’s name is printed ABOVE the title? It must have been after 1969…

  12. Ben Says:

    Uh, again but for a different reason than the Norman one this doesn’t belong… It is actually amazingly a good work for the story. Hope they didn’t ask the artist to do Naked Lunch or he probably went insane…

    Anyone interested I suggest Youtube Burroughs Crab Nebula for a partial reading… Pretty good, brilliant actually.

  13. Tag Wizard Says:

    Hey Ben, thanks for stopping by and telling us what doesn’t belong on our website. Who knew we were doing it all wrong?!

    Feel free to use our lovely submit button to send in the right kind of covers. We’d be happy to post them. Seriously!

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