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Burroughs Live: The Collected Interviews, 1960-1997

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Burroughs Live gathers all the interviews, both published and unpublished, given by William Burroughs, as well as conversations with well-known writers, artists, and musicians such as Tenessee Williams, Timothy Leary, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, and Gregory Corso. The book provides a fascinating account of Burroughs's life as a literary outlaw ...more
Paperback, 675 pages
Published December 7th 2001 by Semiotext(e) (first published December 1st 2000)
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May 28, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Scientologists, junkies, Bohemians
Yes, I had weird dreams when I read the cut-ups of Burroughs and Gysin and it changed my perspective on magick and art. But the interviews always fascinated me the most. I never read an interview with WSB that wasn't incredibly informative. This gigantic book of interviews is a treasure trove that offers a deep glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most notorious and innovative writers of the late 20th century. Exhaustive and wonderful!
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Monday, August 24, 2009

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Naked Lunch, we present this 1966 interview with William S. Burroughs, which originally appeared in Jaguar Magazine. It was excerpted here from Burroughs Live: The Collected Interviews of William S. Burroughs (Semiotext(e), 2001).

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Nov 11, 2009 Rupert rated it really liked it
Sure Burroughs is wack on gender and perhaps a bit too enamored of weaponry, but what a great conversationalist and time traveler. Credible wise thoughts on drugs, drug use, addiction and how to deal with addiction as well.
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There ought to be a updated version of this book. It's interesting to read his conversations with people like Tennessee Williams, with whom he compares word views, and Debbie Harry who told him she once lived in a haunted house.
Nov 08, 2007 Dave rated it it was amazing
This is all you need after you get taken in by the man. It has an index and is divided into time periods. I particularly like his ideas about aliens and about how to enter a painting.
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William Seward Burroughs II, (also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century ...more
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