William S. Burroughs was the writer of books such as Naked Lunch, Nova Express, and Junky. Often associated with the Beat Generation, he is perhaps most famous for shooting and killing his wife Joan Vollmer.
Along with close friend and collaborator Brion Gysin, Burroughs pioneered the “cut-up” method in his writings. Burroughs is less well known as a visual artist, but was a prolific painter in his later life. He was also a magician and conducted many magical experiments with Gysin and was a member of the IOT.
Through his influence on writers such as J.G. Ballard and William Gibson and musicians like Genesis P. Orridge, Burroughs was a foundational influence on cyberpunk literature and industrial music.
Reality Studio a William S. Burroughs community site. The definitive WSB resource on the web. Extensive collection of materials.
Unofficial William S. Burroughs site. Also excellent.
An interview with Burroughs on magick (Date???)
Interview in 21C magazine June 1991
The Making of Naked Lunch interviews with David Cronenberg and William S. Burroughs on the making of the Naked Lunch film.
New Burroughs documentary out now Limited release. Trailer available.
Burroughs: The Movie documentary from 1985 (full video streaming for free)
Works by Burroughs
Pirate Tape, a collaboration between William S. Burroughs, Derek Jarman and Psychic TV.
MAN! YOU VOTED FOR A GODDAMN APE! (PDF, originally published in Esquire in 1968)
Burroughs interviews David Bowie in 1974
Burroughs interviews Jimmy Page in 1975
Naked Scientology Burroughs on Scientology
Roger Holden and William S. Burroughs’s “Cybernetic Cut-Ups” – Burroughs’s only known experiments with computers, in collaboration with computer animator Roger Holden.
Writings on Burroughs
The Death of Joan Vollmer Burroughs: What Really Happened? (long PDF about William and Joan’s relationship)
The Beat Goes On: Acker on Burroughs by Kathy Acker, from 21C Magazine
Wild Girls: Acker rewrites Burroughs by Kathy Acker, from 21C Magazine
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