Happy 100th Birthday William S Burroughs

The William Burroughs Centennial. Author and visionary, William Seward Burroughs was born, exactly one hundred years ago today, on this very day. What better way to celebrate than by hearing his seminal Naked Lunch (in an authorized abridged version read by the author). This recording first appeared on a 3-CD set released by Warner Brothers in 1995, with an original score by Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, and Wayne Horvitz, and produced by James Grauerholz and Hal Willner

[2015 update – this recording of the abridged version of Naked Lunch read by William S Burroughs is no longer available … Read More

William S Burroughs & Junky (Canadian tv interview)


[Junky – cover for the Penguin “50th Anniversary Definitive Edition”(2003), edited with an introduction by Oliver Harris, and a Foreward by Allen Ginsberg]  

Here’s two short clips from Peter Gzowski‘s 90-minute interview with William Burroughs on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) – from 1977. WSB: ..but I really don’t think that there’s all that much continuity in human experience and, looking back on what I was, say, twenty years ago, or thirty years ago, I think.. I wonder, well, “who was that? why was he doing that?” and I don’t have the answer PG: You don’t have the answer? … Read More

William S Burroughs – Call Me Burroughs

William S. Burroughs week all this week, leading up to Wednesday, which will mark the one hundredth anniversary of his birth – and, just in time for that monumental occasion, a huge new biography by Barry Miles has just come out, 718 pages (“almost as long”, Wall Street Journal reviewer Henry Allen,  points out, “as Ted Morgan’s Literary Outlaw – The Life and Times of William S Burroughs (1988), which came out at 768 pages when reissued with new material in 2012″. Miles, himself, the reviewer notes, has already written one Burroughs biography, William Burroughs – El Hombre Invisible Read More

Allen Ginsberg Interviews William Burroughs – 2

[Allen Ginsberg with William Burroughs. Photo:  c. Jerry Aronson

ALLEN GINSBERG and WILLIAM BURROUGHS – TWO INTERVIEWS These two interviews both appear in the volume The Collected Interviews of William S Burroughs – Burroughs Live 1960-1997.  The first is dated 1980, with the location given as New York City. The second, also recorded in New York, a year later (and, in the Interviews book, with a title given to it, “Having To Put Out”), first appeared in Boulder’s Daily Camera.  James Grauerholz, William Burroughs’ secretary (and now heir and executor for the estate) appears in the first one. … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 163


[Allen asleep in Vancouver 1963 (from the Bobbie-Louise Hawkins home-movies]

We’ve spoken of the Allen and Robert Creeley relationship before (and will again). Meantime, glimpse the two of them together (and a whole roster of other “famous names” –  “company”, in Bob’s memorable term – Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, John WienersDenise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Ed Dorn, Alex Trocchi..  The list goes on.  Charles Bernstein has generously put up Bobbie Louise Hawkins‘ old home-movies (from 1962 to 1965) up on PennSound (and on … Read More

LOKA William Burroughs Interview part two

[William Burroughs, 1975 – Photograph by Peter Hujar “© 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco”]

The 1975  Loka interview with William Burroughs continues. For the first part of the transcript, see here Interviewer: Well, you’ve spoken about technology being used in, shall we say, benign ways.

WSB: Technology is neither good nor bad. People ask whether technology is good or bad. Good and bad don’t float in vacuums. They only have meaning with relation to the actual people at actual times (because, if you say) “who did what, when, and … Read More

LOKA William Burroughs Interview part one

[William Burroughs, 1975 – Photograph by Peter Hujar © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco]

This weekend, in anticipation of the William Burroughs Centennial next month, we present (in two parts) this – the 1975 Loka Interview with Rick Fields (with fleeting contributions from Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman). The interview was taped in Boulder, Colorado, at Naropa Institute, on January 1st, 1975. Note Burroughs’ prescient thoughts about world-wide economic collapse, his careful attempts to be presented with accurate, not generalized, questions, his common-sense, practical approach, and much much … Read More

Friday ‘s Weekly Round-Up – 162

Allen Ginsberg, el poeta beat visitó Córdoba hace veinte años

For all our Spanish-speaking readers, Luis Costa Palacios’ piece, in Diaro Cordoba, recalling, twenty years ago, Allen’s visit to that city, is well worth a read. He came, as part of a delegation to the XVII Congreso Internacional de Aedean [Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo Norteamericanos], and his appearance, in Palacios’  words, “suscitó una enorme expectación” (sparked a huge buzz), “fue sorprendente” (was surprising) – “su producción poética, una de las más poderosas e influyentes de los últimos cincuenta años, es magnífica y variada, como se puso de manifiesto en aquel recital. Había en su tono y actitud algo grandioso, … Read More

Gregory Corso & Allen Ginsberg Interview William Burroughs (Journal For The Protection of All Beings) 1961

[William Seward Burroughs Tanger Villa Mouneria, 1961, his garden room, time of intense Cut-up prose experiments, Nova Express tracing controllers of hypertechnologic planetary disaster “along the  word lines” of their propaganda imagery back to the image bank.” Probably “a trust of giant insects in another galaxy” manipulating their human hosts to wreck the earth with radioactive crap so another life form could move in and take over the territory – photo c. The Allen Ginsberg Estate]

William Burroughs Centennial, and we at the Allen Ginsberg Project will be spotlighting various Burroughs and Ginsberg-and-Burroughs-related materials in the months to come. … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 161

Thirteen years ago today since Gregory Nunzio Corso passed away. We certainly won’t forget him. Here’s the opening track from the album, “Not In My Back Yard” by the Southern Italian band, Nimby – “Thin Lines Among Them”, dedicated to him, and scored to footage from Matteo Scarfo‘s upcoming movie “Bomb! Burning Fantasy”, a meditation on Gregory’s poetry and life, (which will feature Nick Mancuso in the daunting role of.. Gregory). 
Corso is all over The Allen Ginsberg Project. How about here, here, here, here, here, here and here? and how … Read More