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The Best of William S. Burroughs is a four-disc box set that contains several readings from Burroughs' most famous works, including excerpts from Naked Lunch. Burroughs' raspy, crackled voice was ideally suited to his surreal cut-and-paste narratives, and while it may be better to read his actual prose, this is an ideal spoken-word collection of his works.

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Om Mani Padme Hum

The Greatest Metafictionalist Ever. William S. Burroughs is truly one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century and from his struggle we all live in a better world. He took the heat, put his name and word on the line for us. Freedom of Speech. Freedom to write fiction. Freedom to utilize Metafiction. I had the privilage to meet him a year before he passed. Knocked on his door on a Sunday morning. He scowled, "Whadddya waaaant." In reply I said, "Mr. Burroughs I am here to pay homage to you just as you Kerouac and Ginsberg visited Celine in Paris." His demeanor changed instantaneously. "Come Right In....Welcome.' We spoke for a good hour and half before I excused myself. He didn't think much of Thomas Pynchon. Dr. Fingers Schafer, 'as a nemesis' is long gone. He prefered Rex Morgan M.D. over Krazy Kat. We also spoke of Creve Coeur Lake, Saint Louis, Missouri. He was suprised that it was still there. It had been dredged all throughout the late 70's. As I left his modest Lawrence Kansas suburban house he shouted out to me, "Me Casa Su Casa." My House is Your House.

Although I have read nearly all his major works these Life Changing Works have forever influenced me:
The Ticket That Exploded. Apo-33. Western Lands. The Third Mind.

Om Mani Padme Hum Bill.


Born: February 5, 1914 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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