N A K E D i n L O S A N G E L E S
Williams S. Burroughs had a heart attack in 1997. He died the following day. Just this past month (February 5th) it was the 100th year anniversary of his birth. In between those years (1914-1997) he wrote 18 novels and novellas. He also wrote several short stories and essays. He also took a lot of drugs.
Besides living in the USA, Burroughs also lived in places like Mexico City, London, Paris, and several more exciting cities. I wonder if he were a photographer instead of a writer what kind of photos he would have taken? I wonder if he would have had a MacBook Pro if he would have written more novels?
Do you know where you can see him? On the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band. (You've heard of the Beatles?) Burroughs lived in London in 1966. They say he went there to try and kick his drug habit. (London, 1966, trying to kick a drug habit? Wrong place at the wrong time.) I wonder if he met the Beatles? Maybe Jimi Hendrix? Well, tomorrow will never know.
The U.S. is an odd place. In 1959, when Naked Lunch was published, there was some controversy. There was even a court case regarding his novel and sodomy laws. The book was even banned in places like Boston and Los Angeles. (Boston, really? In 1959 their U.S. Senator (JFK) was banging ever female he could.)
By 1983 it seems that all was forgiven. He was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. I wonder if Mr. Burroughs ever took any photos?
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