William S. Burroughs Files
month [August 2002] it was five years ago that writer William S.
died [on August 2, 1997 at age 84 of a heart attack].
this occasion we would like to remind our readers of Burroughs'
as a novelist [author of »Naked Lunch« and some 20 other
but above all as one of the earliest writers to theorize about
media in fiction and essay.
contemporary of Marshall McLuhan [who was one of the few cri-
to applaud »Naked Lunch« when first published], Burroughs pro-
some startling concepts for the analysis of the post-modern
i.e. »reality as a film« [long before Baudrillard's »simulation«
»word as a virus«, »electronic revolution« as a
in politics, »biological mutation« as precondition for »space
the drug scene as universal metaphor for the mechanics of
capitalism etc. . .
present our »Burroughs Files« as a network of three interlinked
Burroughs Homepage contains a selection of his writings
50 essays and articles by the man, about 20 sections from his
and several interviews plus short descriptions of Burroughs'
Burroughs Report features a biograph of the Life and Times
the man in 8 chapters written and narrated by himself.
the Call Me Burroughs site finally offers about 50 photographs
illustrate the Life and Times from Burroughs' childhood in St. Louis
his old age in Lawrence, Kansas.
is much to see and read here. So take your time . . .