William Burroughs: Port of Saints

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William Burroughs’s 1980 novel Port of Saints (a substantial revision of the novel first published in 1973) predominantly serves as a continuation and elaboration of the utopian mythology he introduces in The Wild Boys. The Wild Boy community consists of a multicultural group of adolescent boys who stage a revolution against what Burroughs views as a matriarchal mainstream society. The Wild Boys, often depicted wearing nothing but jockstraps and roller skates and carrying knives, eschew all contact with women and reproduce through an asexual process that endows them with various psychic and/or supernatural abilities. These special abilities are a part of the Wild Boys’ arsenal of weapons to be used against the C…

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Bolton, Michael Sean. "Port of Saints". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 October 2011
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