Happy Birthday Bill!
Another audio-visual salute
Here’s two priceless recordings, first a reading/open-ended lecture at NAROPA by Burroughs, his 1980 “Lecture On Public Discourse” (Allen gives an eloquent introduction then, four years later, similarly at NAROPA, Allen and William here together collaborating on
a class (on William’s work)
This audio is part of the remarkable Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
“Allen Ginsberg class with William Burroughs. Ginsberg begins by reading from Burroughs’s work, including his book Nova Express. Burroughs arrives and discusses writing techniques, including the idea that “Life is a cut up.” He also talks about why he became a writer, Laurie Anderson, rolling drunks, biological warfare, weapons and retreats. The class learns some exercises for observing details while walking down the street”.
More of Allen’s thoughts on Burroughs can be found here (a 1983 interview with Jennie Skerl) and here (a 1974 interview retrieved by Reality Studio). Reality Studio: A William Burroughs Community is, and we tip our hat to it, the go-to place for things Burroughs.
And here’s yet another hommage – Peter Rose’s William Burroughs Stuff Elegy as fetishism, fetishism as elegy. We tip our hat (grey fedora, of course) today, Saturday February 5th, to El Hombre Invisible on the occasion of what would have been his 97th birthday.