Feb 5, 2008

naked birthday

Today is the birthday of William S. Burroughs

I'm reminded of this fact, by the always fascinating site Band of Thebes, who give an overview of his queer-ness (is that a word?)

I've only read one of his books, I'm ashamed to say, the late The Western Lands, and didn't much take to it, and try as I might, I've never been able to get through Naked Lunch. Maybe one day.

Anyway,he's a fellow westbanker.
Well, for a while at least.
Back in the late 40's he and his wife and young son moved to Algiers Point...sometime before he shot her. Just a bit of time on the Westbank can do that to a person. Neal Cassady and Kerouac visited him here, so it seems.

One day, when I get a camera, I intend to get a photo of that house. Actually, I'm getting together a tour of sorts....well, in my mind at least.


Silly Monkey said...

You're not kidding. I lived on the Westbank for four months, and I was damned near ready to shoot someone by the time we moved.

Silly Monkey said...

What's this week's title design from?

jason said...

See if you can guess.
There's a hint in my list of interests somewhere.

Frontier Psychiatrist said...

I read Naked Lunch in college and was very confused.

The movie didn't really help relieve my confusion.

I want to like William S. Burroughs, I'm just not sure how.

jason said...

that's exactly how I feel too, FP.
I *want* to like him...but...

nolageek said...

He also lived in Metairie for a while, before he moved to Mexico. At least according to a collection I read of his correspondence with Allen Ginsberg.

I tried reading Naked Lunch, The Wild Boys and Cut-Up. Although I think he's cool as hell, I dont enjoy reading his stuff. The above mentioned collection of letters was cool though.

(if you're interested: http://tinyurl.com/2h2uua )

JUSTIN said...

Check out "Junkie". It's short and easy to read (unlike Naked Lunch).