Archive for January 23rd, 2014

William S. Burroughs

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

burroughs
I’m doing a series of ‘Lil Portraits of some (kind of) famous people. Who knows… maybe you would like to buy one? They’re tiny. Roughly 3.5″ x 3.5″ on bristol board but I’d be happy to vary the size based on your needs. I’ll do any person you want (even Glenn Beck or Jay Leno) and mail it to you for a reasonable price. Contact me and we can work out the details.

When I was in high school I saw the film adaptation of Naked Lunch and decided to check out the novel it was based on. I found it unreadable and gave up but something about William Burroughs seemed very compelling to me so I ended up reading one of his earlier books, Junky, and thought it was fantastic. It’s just a straight up account of his experiences as a drug addict and is written in a frank style that is actually readable.

After finishing that I picked up Ted Morgan’s biography Literary Outlaw which I also found to be fantastic. I came to the conclusion that I like reading about William Burroughs much better than I like his experimental novels.

He’s just such an interesting character. Over the years I’ve seen Drugstore Cowboy dozens of times and his brief screen time in that film is mesmerizing to me. I think it’s his voice. I could listen to him read most anything… except of course his novels.