Saturday, February 6, 2016

A William Burroughs Weekend

 [William S Burroughs - Photograph by Allen Ginsberg - © The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

It's a William Burroughs weekend this weekend on The Allen Ginsberg Project. Our all-time most popular post here on the Ginsberg Project (sadly with little or no Ginsberg content) is this one (perhaps because of the abiding interest in Jim Morrison?) - William Burroughs music collaborations - But what about this one? - and this? - and this?

William Burroughs' distinctive Naropa readings have often featured in this space - from 1975 (with Gregory Corso) from 1976 (with Allen, Anne Waldman, and Chogyam Rinpoche),  from 1978 (with Ken Kesey) - and again in 1980, 1981,  and from 1985.

Here and here's a two-part reading from 1989

Here's Burroughs on Jack Kerouac from the 1981 Naropa  Jack Kerouac celebrations  

Here's Burroughs reading Junky

Here's more on Junky

Here's Burroughs (from back in 201o and our posting on the Yage Letters)

Here's from way back in 1961, Burroughs interviewed by Allen and Gregory for the City Lights anthology, The Journal For The Protection of All Beings  

Here's Allen interviewing Burroughs in 1980 - and again (two interviews) - here

Here's Kathy Acker interviewing Burroughs

Here's a posting on Burroughs' Cut-Ups

Here's a posting on Burroughs' home movies

William and Allen

William Burroughs' biography

A portfolio of photographs

William Burroughs on Thanksgiving

William Burroughs on Christmas

Each year we salute El Hombre Invisible and this year is no different. Previous birthday shout-outs from the Ginsberg blog - here and here and here and here

Happy 102nd birthday, William Burroughs!

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