05 February 2014

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

the only time I met today's centennial celebrant was 30 years ago when he came to Kent State with James Graurholz.  a group of us had dinner with him before his reading. some time later Sandy Marovitz surprisd me by giving me this portrait he did which he askd WSB to inscribe.

22 years later I stayd at the Beat Hotel in Desert Hot Springs.  it was run by Burroughs' one-time assistant Steven Lowe. the novelist's desk was in my suite.  & there were artifacts from his career all over the place.  I took this picture of Steve with his hand on a mugwump from the movie of "Naked Lunch."

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