William S. Burroughs: "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

Uncle Bill, please lead us in A Thanksgiving Prayer.

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Listen to William S. Burroughs read Edgar Allen Poe for a PC game


In 1995, William S. Burroughs was recorded reading of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" and "Annabel Lee" for a PC game called The Dark Eye. (He also was the voice of a character in the game.) Hear those recordings below and read this post at Open Culture for more details.

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William S. Burroughs: Happy 100th birthday!

photo: Charles Gatewood

Today is William S. Burroughs's 100th birthday. Happy birthday, Uncle Bill!

Celebrate at the The William Burroughs Centenary, where you can find information about WSB events happening this year.

And below, the lovely song "Seven Souls" by Burroughs and Material, in which Bill reads from his novel The Western Lands. Read the rest

The Chelsea Hotel: Warhol, Burroughs, and Nico

Here's a curious clip of Andy Warhol and William S. Burroughs having a chat at the iconic Chelsea Hotel in NYC. The topic is chicken fried steak. It's followed by the lovely Nico singing "Chelsea Girls." The video is from a 1981 BBC documentary about The Chelsea that you can watch in full right here. (via Dangerous Minds) Read the rest

Burroughs and Cobain, 1993

William S. Burroughs and Kurt Cobain's "The 'Priest' They Called Him" (1993). After meeting Cobain, Burroughs commented to his assistant:

"There’s something wrong with that boy; he frowns for no good reason.”
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A Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs

We now bow our heads as Uncle Bill leads us in A Thanksgiving Prayer.