In the letters I've seen, it's relatively rare for Burroughs to bash anybody. He didn't like Capote, as Thom Robinson wrote here on RS. He made a snarky comment when hearing that Frank O'Hara had been killed. But I can't recall a single negative word about Kerouac, Corso, Orlovsky, et al.
Burroughs: a class act.
Interesting to hear about the Stern estate. I got the hint you cant go into detail, though it makes you wonder if this sort of thing's what's held the project back for so many decades. I guess we'll never know the true story, if it's even worth telling. I mean, NO's are pretty boring.
Besides, the Sommerville correspondence is the sort of stuff I'm excited to read. Another one of those hombre invisibles in Burroughs life. From the little bit I've been able to read about him, the kid comes off as a genius. Given his role in the Cut Ups, as well as the dream machine, I was shocked he wasnt even mentioned in the recent WSB doc.