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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.

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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)

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.”

A Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs

In keeping with our holiday tradition, we now bow our heads as Uncle Bill leads us in A Thanksgiving Prayer.