Today is the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs
I'm reminded of this fact, by the always fascinating site Band of Thebes, who give an
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.
(but I doubt it)
Seems back in the late 40's he and his wife Joan (you know, the one he shot in the forehead playing "William Tell") moved to Algiers.
Just a bit of time on the Westbank can do that to a person. Neal Cassady and Kerouac visited him here, so it seems.
Anywho... on a lark, a few weeks ago I made something of a pilgrimage. I drove down through the hood and out again....to find his former home. I'd long meant to, but never had gotten around to it, even as near as it is.
It's in a quiet, very off-the-beaten-path neighborhood in the suburbs, only a short distance from where I grew up, in fact.