William Burroughs Birthday (Booklist)

[William Burroughs (1914-1997) – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg] 

William Burroughs Birthday today

See previous William Burroughs Birthday postings here, here, here, here and here

We’ve been serializing (indeed, are in the midst of serializing) Williams 1980 lectures on “Creative Reading”  (see the last installment – here) ”

“Creative Reading” comes off a book-list that Burroughs’ constructed of “Recommended Books”, “Books off the Beaten Path”. (With thanks to Avil Beckford)  here is his list of 27 fiction titles

Two Serious Ladies –  Jane Bowles
Let It Come Down – Paul Bowles
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Nightwood  – Djuna Barnes
The Pilgrim on the Earth, Julien Green
If I Were You, Julien Green
The Green Hat  – Michael Arlen
Cain’s Book –  Alexander Trocchi                                                                                                           A  Short Trip Home –  F.Scott Fitzgerald  (included in The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald – A New Collection – Head and Shoulders; Bernice Bobs Her Hair; The Ice Palace; The Offshore Pirate; May Day; The Jelly Bean; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Diamond as Big as the Ritz; Winter Dreams)
The House and the Brain, A Truly Terrifying Tale – (Paranormal Parlor, A Weiser Books Collection) – Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories –  Ernest Hemingway
The Shining –  Stephen King
The Godfather  – Mario Puzo
Jaws: A Novel – Peter Benchley
The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
Dogs of War – Frederick Forsyth
The Magus – John Fowles
Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
The Nightcomers –  Michael Hastings
Beat Not the Bones – Charlotte Jay
Nightwings – Robert Silverberg
Destination Infinity (Fury) –  Henry Kuttner
Changeling Earth, Fred Saberhagen
Three to Conquer, Eric Frank Russell
Walk To End Of World –  Suzy McKee Charnas
The World Wreckers – Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Terminal Man  – Michael Crichton

And here are 12 non-fiction titles

The Gangs of New York – An Informal History of the Underworld – Herbert Asbury
Witch-Doctor’s Apprentice –  Hunting for Medicinal Plants in the Amazon – Nicole Maxwell
Keep the River on Your Right A Modern Cannibal Tale – Tobias Schneebaum
Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics – , Alfred Korzybsk – (abridged version (Selections from Science and Sanity).
An Experiment with Time  – J.W. Dunne
The Serial Universe – J.W.Dunne
In His Image: The Cloning of a Man – David Rorvik
As Man Becomes Machine – The Evolution of the Cyborg- David Rorvik
Brave New Baby; Promise and Peril of the Biological Revolution – David Rorvik
The Natural Way to Draw – A Working Plan for Art Study – Kimon Nicolaides
Journeys Out of the Body – Robert Monroe
You Can’t Win – Jack Black

Happy reading! – and happy birthday in eternity, William Burroughs!

ca. 1953, New York, New York, USA --- Vents, novel, 1946. --- Image by © Allen Ginsberg/CORBIS

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