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The Lost Boys: William S. Burroughs, Ian Sommerville & Michael Portman

Author Matthew Levi Stevens
Date 4 August 2014
Subject Matthew Levi Stevens offers an excerpt from his forthcoming book The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs.
Link The Lost Boys

Memories of a Beat Photographer

Author Charles Rotmil
Date 25 November 2013 – Updated
Subject Charles Rotmil offers another installment in his memories as a “beat photographer.”
Link 1 The Slot Machine
Link 2 The Living Theatre
Link 3 Finding the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch and Henry Miller
Link 4 No Tenemos Ni Aviones, Ni Tanques, Ni Canones
Link 5 Illustrious Men and Women
Link 6 Working for Nothing

Enter Mister Maurice

Author William Levy
Date 5 May 2014
Subject William Levy (known to fans of William Burroughs for Insect Trust Gazette, Suck, and International Times) offers a vibrant memoir of Maurice Girodias, publisher of Olympia Press.
Link Enter Mister Maurice

Memories of Burroughs

Author Aram Saroyan
Date 10 March 2014
Subject Poet and novelist Aram Saroyan offers his recollections of William Burroughs. To complement the remembrance, Jed offers an archives of Saroyan’s zine Lines.
Link 1 Memories of Burroughs
Link 2 Lines Archive

Retaking the Universe

Author Davis Schneiderman, Philip Walsh, Edward S. Robinson
Date 8 March 2014
Subject RealityStudio is proud to present a new digital edition of one of the groundbreaking works of Burroughs criticism, Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization, complete with new introductions by Davis Schneiderman and Edward S. Robinson.
Link 1 Retaking the Universe
Link 2 The Burroughs Conundrum by Edward S. Robinson

Burroughs in London

Author Heathcote Williams
Date 19 Feb 2014
Subject Poet and playwright Heathcote Williams recalls his years of friendship with William Burroughs.
Link Burroughs in London

Mimeo Revolution Archives

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 19 Jan 2014
Subject Jed provides “a literary Baedeker for a dream summer vacation: a list of URLs to library archives relating to the publications of the Mimeo Revolution.”
Link Mimeo Revolution Archives

The Grinding Down by Paul Blackburn

Author Paul Blackburn and Jed Birmingham
Date 19 Jan 2014
Subject Jed introduces Paul Blackburn’s 1963 assessment of the state of mimeo publishing.
Link The Grinding Down by Paul Blackburn

Oui, The Adding Machine

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 23 Dec 2013
Subject Grove Press has finally brought The Adding Machine back into print with a new introduction by James Grauerholz. In honor of the occasion, Jed offers a scan of one of the texts collected in the book: “My Life in Orgone Boxes,” which originally appeared in 1977 in Oui.
Link 1 New Edition of The Adding Machine (Amazon)
Link 2 Oui in William Burroughs Appearances in Men’s Magazines

Towers Open Fire Screenplay

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 17 Oct 2013
Subject Jed offers the published screenplay to the collaborative film by William Burroughs and Antony Balch, Towers Open Fire.
Link Towers Open Fire Screenplay

1984 Interview with William S. Burroughs

Author William Weiss
Date 13 Mar 2013
Subject William Weiss offers an uncollected 1984 interview with William S. Burroughs on The Place of Dead Roads
Link 1984 Interview with William S. Burroughs

William Burroughs Art Exhibitions

Author Barry Miles
Date 31 Oct 2012
Subject As an update to Jed’s piece “Collecting William S. Burroughs and the Arts,” Barry Miles offers a checklist of William Burroughs art exhibitions.
Link William Burroughs Art Exhibitions

Nova Broadcasts – Available for Download

Author RealityStudio
Date 31 May 2012
Subject All six Nova Broadcasts from Jan Herman’s Nova Broadcast Press are now available for free download. Each Broadcast has been scanned in its entirety and compiled in PDF format. The Broadcasts include works by Ray Bremser, Wolf Vostell, Dick Higgins, Liam O’Gallagher, Norman Ogue Mustill, and of course William Burroughs.
Link Nova Broadcasts – Available for Download

William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard

Author RealityStudio
Date 7 March 2012
Subject RealityStudio offers an in-depth look at the relationship of William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard. The text draws on interviews, correspondence, and unpublished documents to provide a detailed account of the interactions between the two writers.
Link William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard

Mimeo Mimeo 5

Author Jed Birmingham
Date 19 Sept 2011
Subject Mimeo Mimeo 5, edited by Jed Birmingham and Kyle Schlesinger, is now available. Mimeo Mimeo is a forum for critical and cultural perspectives on artists’ books, typography, and the mimeograph revolution. Issue 5 features Larry Fagin, Lyn Hejinian, Charles Bukowski, Robert Creeley, Vamp & Tramp, The Gallery Upstairs, Alice Notely’s CHICAGO and cover art by Buzz Spector. Available now from the Mimeo Mimeo website.

A Word Is a Word Is a Collage (1965)

Author Bill Butler
Date 28 June 2011
Subject The American poet and bookseller Bill Butler interviewed William Burroughs in 1965 for this previously uncollected profile, which first appeared in the Guardian newspaper.
Link A Word Is a Word Is a Collage (1965)

William S. Burroughs, Jacques Stern, and The Fluke

Author RealityStudio
Date 4 April 2011
Subject RealityStudio is thrilled to offer an incredible archive of materials by and about Jacques Stern, whom William Burroughs once called “the greatest writer of our time.” The archive includes the complete text of the legendary novel The Fluke; a previously unpublished foreword by Burroughs; a biographical and critical essay about Stern; Stewart Meyer’s memoir of his first meeting with Stern; mp3 audio of Stern and Burroughs reading from cut-ups; and more.
Link William S. Burroughs, Jacques Stern, and The Fluke

Confusion’s Masterpiece: Re-Editing William S. Burroughs’ First Trilogy

Author Oliver Harris
Date 10 October 2010
Subject In the text of his recent talk at Columbia University, Oliver Harris describes the confused history behind the writing and publishing of William S. Burroughs’ Junkie, Queer, and Yage Letters. Professor Harris also responds to a few interview questions about his work on the new edition of Queer.
Link Confusion’s Masterpiece: Re-Editing William S. Burroughs’ First Trilogy

The Poetry of William S. Burroughs

Author RealityStudio
Date 5 August 2010
Subject Although his work defied genres and most readers consider him a novelist, William S. Burroughs also wrote poetry. With a small compilation that includes cut-ups and permutations, RealityStudio is beginning what will be an ongoing attempt to collect Burroughs’ poetry. This compilation also includes an insightful essay by scholar Oliver Harris titled “‘Burroughs Is a Poet Too, Really’: The Poetics of Minutes to Go.”
Link The Poetry of William S. Burroughs

A Visit to William S. Burroughs at the Beat Hotel in Summer, 1958

Author Gael Turnbull
Date 19 May 2010 [1958]
Subject Vacationing in Paris in the summer of 1958, the Scottish poet Gael Turnbull kept a journal documenting his visits to William Burroughs and Gregory Corso at the Beat Hotel.
Link A Visit to William S. Burroughs at the Beat Hotel in Summer, 1958

From Dr Mabuse to Doc Benway: The Myths and Manuscripts of Naked Lunch

Author Oliver Harris
Date 26 October 2009
Subject Oliver Harris dissects the myths behind the creation of Naked Lunch in a transcript to the talk given recently at Columbia University during the NL@50 homage.
Link From Dr Mabuse to Doc Benway: The Myths and Manuscripts of Naked Lunch

RealityStudio Highlights

Archives and Scans

Author Jed Birmingham
Subject RealityStudio has a vast archive of incredible Burroughs and small-press rarities that includes complete scans of William S. Burroughs’ Time and APO-33, as well as a number of little mags.
Link 1 William S. Burroughs’ Time
Link 2 William S. Burroughs’ APO-33
Link 3 Complete My Own Mag Archive
Link 4 Fuck You Press Archive
Link 5 Kulchur Archive
Link 6 Floating Bear Archive
Link 7 Rhinozeros Archive
Link 8 Locus Solus Archive
Link 9 Evergreen Review Archive
Link 10 Burroughs in Men’s Mags Archive
Link 11 The Word (Naked Lunch Outtake) in Swank
Link 12 Bulletin from Nothing Archive
Link 13 Burroughs Text in January 1960 Mademoiselle
Link 14 Black Mountain Review Archive

Death in Paris by Carl Weissner

Author Carl Weissner
Date 24 July 2009
Subject RealityStudio is very proud to present a previously unpublished text by Carl Weissner, along with an archive of materials celebrating his achievements in the avant-garde press
Link Death in Paris by Carl Weissner

Hikuta!: Burroughs and His Guns

Author Tom Peschio
Date 12 March 2009
Subject Tom Peschio provides an insider’s glimpse of a “dangerous guy” and his guns.
Link Hikuta!: Burroughs and His Guns

William S. Burroughs and Joy Division

Author RealityStudio
Date 29 May 2008
Subject Literary references are frequent in the work of seminal post-punk band Joy Division, and singer Ian Curtis greatly admired William Burroughs in particular. Both the band and the author appeared at a 1979 performance, after which Curtis introduced himself to the famous author. Was the meeting, as legend has it, a disappointment? RealityStudio pieces together the story with recollections from those who were there…
Link William S. Burroughs and Joy Division

David Britton and Michael Butterworth on William S. Burroughs

Author RealityStudio
Date 24 March 2008
Subject To mark the publication of Horror Panegyric, an essay by Supervert (creator of RealityStudio) on their Lord Horror novels, David Britton and Michael Butterworth — writers both and founders of Savoy Books — expand on their thoughts about William S. Burroughs.
Link David Britton and Michael Butterworth on William S. Burroughs

Everything Lost, The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs: The Inside Story

Author Oliver Harris
Date 17 Dec 2007
Subject Everything Lost, The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs is due to be released on 17 December 2007. In honor of the occasion, Volume Editor Oliver Harris offers the inside story — how the notebook was discovered, deciphered, transcribed, and prepared for publication. (And be sure to order your copy of Everything Lost at Amazon.)
Link Everything Lost, The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs: The Inside Story

Henry Miller and William Burroughs

Author RealityStudio
Date 18 July 2007
Subject Astonishingly, the relationship between Henry Miller and William Burroughs has gone largely unmapped in literary scholarship. Seeking to rectify this omission, RealityStudio surveys the relationship of the two writers in an overview and Ian MacFadyen adds further insights in a response.
Link 1 Henry Miller and William Burroughs: An Overview
Link 2 Henry Miller and William Burroughs: A Letter

Cutting up the Archive: William Burroughs and the Composite Text

Author Oliver Harris
Date 11 Jun 2007
Subject RealityStudio is proud to present the text of a talk recently given by Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris, author of William Burroughs and the Secret of Fascination, editor of Burroughs’ letters, Junky: The Definitive Text of “Junk”, and most recently Yage Redux.
Link Cutting up the Archive: William Burroughs and the Composite Text

A William S. Burroughs Bibliography

Author Eric C. Shoaf
Date April 2007
Subject Eric C. Shoaf, author of Collecting William S. Burroughs in Print: A Checklist, has very kindly contributed his bibliography of books and broadside prints to RealityStudio.Alongside the Maynard & Miles bibliography published in 1978, the Shoaf checklist has long been the most definitive listing of Burroughs publications available. In addition to books and broadsides, the printed checklist also itemizes Burroughs contributions to other books and periodicals, criticism, and miscellanea. This online edition, prefaced and updated by Mr. Shoaf, will no doubt be a tremendous asset to the community of Burroughs scholars and enthusiasts.
Link A William S. Burroughs Bibliography

Jan Herman’s Burroughs / Balch Video

Author Jan Herman
Date Sept 2006
Subject Jan Herman has worked all summer with RealityStudio to recover a video experiment he created in 1971 with William S. Burroughs and Antony Balch. Never before seen by anyone but the participants, the video is presented here to the public for the first time.
Link Burroughs / Balch Video Experiment

Transitional Period vs Gongs of Violence

Author RealityStudio
Date 15 August 2006
Subject RealityStudio provides a side-by-side comparison of a 1961 Burroughs cut-up and a later version of the (same?) text from The Soft Machine.
Link Transitional Period vs Gongs of Violence

The Mouth Inside: The Voices of Naked Lunch

Author Ian MacFadyen
Date 7 Dec 2009
Subject Ian MacFadyen offers a brilliant meditation on the role of the voice and the mouth in William Burroughs’ magnum opus. Accompanying the text are paintings from Phil Wood’s “Postcards from Purgatory.”
Link The Mouth Inside: The Voices of Naked Lunch

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