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“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”
— Joseph Campbell
Film Recommendations Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Be careful, you are not in Wonderland. I’ve heard the strange madness long growing in your soul, in your isolation but you fortunate in your ignorance. You who have suffered find where love hides, give, share, lose, lest we die unbloomed.
'On The Road', Jack Kerouac, Signet / New American Library, New York, 1959.
Carl Solomon, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs at the Gotham Book Mart in New York for a book-signing event in honor of the re-release of Burroughs’ 1953 debut novel, ‘Junkie’, in 1977. Both Ginsberg and Smith were former employees of the Gotham Book Mart.
all their personalities are in this picture
American poet, Allen Ginsberg
There should be infinitely more gifs/photos/videos/appreciation for how well Ben Foster played William S. Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings.
And I think he’s my favorite character in the movie.
And in real life, really. None of the other Beat initiatives actually produced as much works as he did; Lucien Carr was the spark of a literary revolution, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac its primary contributors, but William S. Burroughs… he was its leading success. He took the ideology not only into writing, but also film, music, and any medium of art and expression.
I had the amazing opportunity to visit The Bunker, Burroughs’ apartment in 222 Bowery, NY, when I was staying with my old roommate last spring break. Even the neighborhood, which is not particularly special in anyway (except that it lacks a certain aura that you find in mainstream Manhattan) seems to have held on to his presence. When I told my roommate that the Burroughs’ place was somewhere I wanted to visit while in town, she recognized him, but in a different way than I would: “you mean the addict?”.
Graffiti in The Bowery
Myself at “The Bunker”
The doorbell still retains the name…
Of course, the fact that Burroughs was a druggie is imperative to understanding a lot of his writing methods, such as the cut-up technique, his sometimes unconventional and awkward phrasing, and the independent chapters in Naked Lunch which allow one to open to any chapter and start reading from there.
However, this great influence of drugs on Burroughs’ writings never led me to believe that he was an addict in the sense of all the negative connotations of the word. To me, he was more of an experimenter; unlike Lucien Carr who only spoke of a literary revolution, Burroughs did the deed. He not produced written works, but also cleverly found the needed way to do it: influencing the mind to think without restriction, provided by stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogenics.
A quick reading of Junky further proves that Burroughs was not a druggie to be stigmatized; he was very much in control; so much that, at many times, he knew exactly which doses were needed for which effects. Through experimentation, he even found the effective ratio to dilute a fix over time in order to kick.
Even in Kill Your Darlings, Burroughs is portrayed as the action following the plan: although it is Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) who produces the manifesto inspired by Carr, it is Burroughs who drugs him with Benzedrine to make him write.
The Yage Letters, an anthology of Burroughs and Ginsberg’s experimentation with local drugs in South America, also shows that their dabbling in narcotics were not recreational for the most part, but rather genuine curiosity with a strong drive as to how they could use their findings to help break away from the conventionalities of social understandings.
It just so happens that both Burroughs and Ginsberg were queer; another added reason to break away from social stigmas. But that has nothing to do with this post, except that Queer is an excellent short novel exploring Burroughs and his adventures (or better, the unfortunate lack of it) with boys in Mexico. He writes in third person and might seem cold and unyielding (as is his straightforward style) yet by the end you can’t help loving the heartbroken Lee.
"Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now." In the mid-1950s, literary iconoclast and bea