Call Me Burroughs: A Life

Call Me Burroughs: A Life

by Barry Miles

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Call Me Burroughs: A Life by Barry Miles



























Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, "William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. Burroughs wrote novels, memoirs, technical manuals, and poetry. He painted, made collages, took thousands of photographs, produced hundreds of hours of experimental recordings, acted in movies, and recorded more CDs than most rock bands. Burroughs was the original cult figure of the Beat Movement, and with the publication of his novel Naked Lunch, which was originally banned for obscenity, he became a guru to the 60s youth counterculture. In CALL ME BURROUGHS, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy.
Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, CALL ME BURROUGHS is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455511952
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Barry Miles is the author of many seminal books on popular culture, including the authorized biography of Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now; Ginsberg: A Biography; William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible; Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats; and The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1957-1963. He also co-edited the Revised Text Edition of Naked Lunch. Miles was born in Cirencester, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book 1 An Education

Chapter 1

1 St. Louis Toodle-oo 9

Chapter 2

1 The Green Reindeer 20

2 The Autobiography of a Wolf 26

Chapter 3

1 Kells Elvins 32

2 Meet the Johnson Family 36

Chapter 4

1 "I Know What's Best for Boys!" 41

2 Billy Bradshinkel 49

Chapter 5

1 Harvard 51

Chapter 6

1 Mitteleuropa 60

2 Mrs. Burroughs 63

3 Enter Dr. Benway 67

Chapter 7

1 Count Alfred Korzybski 72

2 Jack Anderson 74

3 St. Louis Return 78

4 A Very Private Pilot 81

Chapter 8

1 Mrs. Murphy's Rooming House 86

Book 2 The Beat Generation

Chapter 9

1 Greenwich Village 1943 95

2 Derangement of All the Senses 98

Chapter 10

1 The Gathering Storm 107

2 A Death in the Family 108

Chapter 11

1 New Romantics 114

2 An Alternative Education 117

3 Junk 121

Chapter 12

1 Joan 128

2 The Wolfeans and the Non-Wolfeans 134

Book 3 Down Mexico Way

Chapter 13

1 Farmer Bill 147

Chapter 14

1 Burroughs in East Texas 156

2 Texas Justice 164

Chapter 15

1 The Big Easy 167

Chapter 16

1 Return to the Valley 177

Chapter 17

1 Mexico City 182

2 Back on Junk 187

3 The Mexican Dream Unravels 191

4 In Search of Yagé 198

Chapter 18

1 The Low Shot 205

Chapter 19

1 Marker Comes Through 218

Chapter 20

1 Yagé Found 226

2 Into Peru 235

Chapter 21

1 Reunion in New York 240

2 When in Rome 248

Book 4 The Classic Stations of the Earth

Chapter 22

1 Bill and the Boys 251

2 Bar la Mar Chica 256

Chapter 3

1 Morphine Minnie 260

2 Kells in Morocco 264

Chapter 24

1 Looking for Ritchie 268

2 The Socco Chico Set 270

3 The Talking Asshole 273

4 Remittance Men at Large 277

Chapter 25

1 Dr. Dent 284

2 Villa Delirium 288

3 "The Jihad Jitters" 294

Chapter 26

1 More Orgones 298

2 Interzone 301

Chapter 27

1 Freeland 309

Book 5 The City of Light

Chapter 28

1 The Beat Hotel 315

2 A Friendship Renewed 318

3 Librairie Anglaise and the Mistral 325

Chapter 29

1 Enter Jacques Stern 330

2 Louis-Ferdinand Céline 333

Chapter 30

1 Brion Gysin 339

2 Psychic Discoveries 342

Chapter 31

1 The Naked Lunch 349

2 Busted 355

3 Ian Sommerville 357

Chapter 32

1 The Writing of Silence 361

2 Cut-Ups 362

Book 6 London Town

Chapter 33

1 The Western Suburbs 369

2 Mikey Portman 377

3 L'Homme Invisible 381

Chapter 34

1 The Soft Machine 384

2 "Word Falling-Photo Falling" 386

3 Paul Bowles 389

Chapter 35

1 The Psychedelic Summer 392

2 An American Interlude 397

3 New York 400

Chapter 36

1 The Edinburgh Literary Festival 402

2 The Ticket That Exploded 406

Chapter 37

1 Billy Burroughs Jr. 414

2 Living in the Marshan 419

3 Cut-Ups, Columns, and Grids 421

4 Television with Dan Farson 423

5 The Loteria Building 426

6 Return to Villa Delirium 428

Book 7 Burlington Billy

Chapter 38

1 "St. Louis Return" 433

2 On Set 438

Chapter 39

1 The Rushmore 444

2 Chappaqua Continues 447

3 Montagu Square 450

4 Groovy Bob 452

Chapter 40

1 Dalmeny Court 454

2 Palm Beach and Lexington 460

Chapter 41

1 Operating Thetan 465

Chapter 42

1 Chicago 1968 475

2 Back in Blighty 479

Chapter 43

1 Eater the Seventies 485

2 The Rolling Stones 488

Chapter 44

1 John Brady 497

Book 8 The Prodigal Son Returns

Chapter 45

1 James Winston Grauerholz 509

2 Ian's Death 520

Chapter 46

1 Billy Jr. 523

2 The Bunker 525

3 Junky 527

Chapter 47

1 Rocky Mountain Horror Show 529

2 Horror Hospital 534

3 Nova Convention 537

4 Cities of the Red Night 540

Chapter 48

1 New York Days 546

2 Heroin 550

3 "We Must Hold the Bunker at All Costs" 553

Book 9 Return to Roots

Chapter 49

1 Tornado Alley 563

2 Painting with Guns 569

Chapter 50

1 Learnard Avenue 575

2 Brion 584

Chapter 51

1 Painting 595

2 Last Boy 601

3 Opera 603

4 Folders 605

5 Aliens 607

Chapter 52

1 The Quotidian Life 609

2 Kurt Cobain 619

3 "I Had Not Thought Death Had Undone So Many" 623

Endwords 629

Notes 637

Bibliography 675

Index 693

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Burroughs would have loved Hector's Juice!