William S. Burroughs shopping lists on eBay

Someone is selling writer William S. Burroughs's shopping lists on eBay. How odd. While the lists do contain cat-related items, reflecting Burroughs's fondness for felines, they'd be more interesting artifacts if they also included, say, shotgun shells, scissors, bug spray, and morphine syrettes. BuyItNow price is $495. From the auction description:
 06 I 001 35 F5 50D3 1 Page 1: Items written by Burroughs - 1. Cat Pans. 5. Limes & lemons. 6. Dry Cat Food. 7. Canned Cat Food - Mealtime, bits of beef - salmon dinner. There are 4 items written on the back and none are by Burroughs

Page 2: Items written by Burroughs - 1. Waffles (plain buttermilk). 2. Triscuits. 3. Cat Food Canned. 4. Vodka - last but not least 5. Marshmallow for toasting over stove (?) last word is a guess - hard to read. There are 4 items written on the back - Burroughs has written "Lysol."

Page 3: Items written by Burroughs - 1. Lemons and lime. 2. Milk. 3. Bottled water. 4. Honey (crossed out). 5. Lipton tea bags (the brisk tea). There are 4 items written on the back but none are written by Burroughs.
William S. Burroughs Authentic Grocery Shopping List

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  1. anyoen who buys this is a monumental idiot. Not everything a writer writes is worth reading. least of all their shopping lists.

  2. Soo… If the lists can indeed be verified as written by Burroughs, doesn’t it follow that whoever is selling them is infringing on the intellectual property of this writers estate?

    :-)

    Me, I think I’ll just wait for the audiobook edition.

  3. How did y’all miss the much more entertaining:
    “7 pumpkins & box of tampax (super)”

  4. Now, someone just needs to cut it all up and rearrange the list. Then resale it on ebay.

    WSB would be snickering if not proud of said act.

    – Control.

  5. Let’s print this and take it to the store tomorrow.
    We’ll all eat like William Burroughs for a day.

  6. I have Bill Shakespeare’s dry cleaning receipt right here. But I’m never gonna give it up; never gonna put it down; never gonna run aground and revert grues.

  7. I totally support collecting the most ephemeral of ephemera related to artists, especially when they’re geniuses like WSB was.

  8. Mmmm… frozen swaffles, triscuts, vodka and marshmallows.

    At least his cats seemed to have eaten well.

  9. what a cute list. n_____________________n he sounds like a cat lady. if anyone’s waited behind a cat lady in a store they have a small amount of commonplace groceries and cat food. Burroughs likes marshmallows, who would of known?

  10. #8 posted by Pantograph:

    Let’s print this and take it to the store tomorrow. We’ll all eat like William Burroughs for a day.

    So, I finally get to see what’s on the end of my fork…and it’s waffles.

    Huh.

  11. When I die, I hope my shopping lists sell for $495. Actually, screw dying, I want the $495 now – with that kinda money I could buy any groceries I like.

  12. Pound pastrami
    Can kraut
    Six bagels
    Bring home for Emma.

    Now _there’s_ a shopping list for the ages.

  13. One day in the early 1980s, in the Seattle neighborhood of Laurelhurst, I saw William S. Burroughs coming out of a Baskin-Robbins with an ice cream cone.

    Everyone always asks what flavor the ice cream was.

  14. One day in the early 1980s, in the Seattle neighborhood of Laurelhurst, I saw William S. Burroughs coming out of a Baskin-Robbins with an ice cream cone.

    Everyone always asks what flavor the ice cream was.

    well don’t hold us in suspense. what was it?

  15. One of David Foster Wallace’s shopping lists will be published in a hardbound edition, as soon as someone locates the box of footnotes.

  16. That is my handwriting on the “Dry Cat Food.” Cooked Saturday night dinners for him in 96-97. Have a bunch of these lists, though curiously, not this one. Yeah, he did like the Vanilla ice cream. Also some fancy Breyers ice cream thing called the venietta or venetian or something.

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