Texts by William S. Burroughs

Time

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1965
Subject A complete scan of Burroughs’ seminal text on the subversion of control and media
Link Time

APO-33

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1968
Subject A complete scan of the important Burroughs cut-up
Link APO-33

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

Dr. Benway Operates

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1959
Subject The classic Benway skit from Naked Lunch
Link Dr. Benway Operates

The Man Who Taught His Asshole How to Talk

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1959
Subject The famous “Talking Asshole Routine” from Naked Lunch
Link The Man Who Taught His Asshole How to Talk

The Boston Trial of Naked Lunch

Author NA
Date 1965
Subject Partial transcript from the Naked Lunch obscenity trial. Includes testimony by Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, and Edward De Grazia.
Link The Boston Trial of Naked Lunch

Introduction from Queer

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1985
Subject Burroughs’ retrospective introduction to the 1940s text Queer. “I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would never have become a writer but for Joan’s death…”
Link Introduction from Queer

Crab Nebula

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1964
Subject Excerpt from the 1964 cut-up novel Nova Expressa
Link Crab Nebula

The Death Dwarf in the Street

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1964
Subject Excerpt from the 1964 cut-up novel Nova Expressa
Link The Death Dwarf in the Street

Electronic Revolution

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1971
Subject Excerpt from a collection of essays expanding on Burroughs’ notion that language is a virus.
Link Electronic Revolution

William S. Burroughs on Scientology

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1970
Subject Excerpt of a longer text detailing Burroughs’ position on L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology movement.
Link William S. Burroughs on Scientology

Burroughs’ Statements at the 1962 International Writers’ Conference

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1962
Subject Burroughs’ statements from the 1962 conference that put him on the literary map, as published later that year by the Transatlantic Review
Link Burroughs’ Statements at the 1962 International Writers’ Conference

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1986
Subject Text of a “poem” that originally appeared in the collection Tornado Alley
Link Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986

Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1969
Subject Review by Burroughs of Colin Wilson’s book Mind Parasites, originally published in the underground newspaper Rat
Link Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson

“Abstract” (Lip 1969)

Author William S. Burroughs
Date 1969
Subject Dave Teeuwen introduces a hitherto uncollected text by William S. Burroughs called “Abstract,” published in 1969 in Lip
Link William S. Burroughs’ “Abstract” (Lip 1969)

Burroughs Blurbs

Author William S. Burroughs
Date NA
Subject A collection of blurbs provided by Burroughs for the jackets of other authors’ books
Link Burroughs Blurbs
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