I just found this – quite the oddest posthumous collaboration ever, and yet singularly appropriate. William Burroughs reciting Brecht’s ‘What Keeps Mankind Alive’- even more sinister than the Tom Waits version.

Implausibly enough, I once met Burroughs at a party – the late Kathy Acker introduced us but we really didn’t have anything much to talk about. He was a writer I respected without liking, and I cannot imagine where I would have fitted into his world-view.

The whole Roz connects to everyone schtick is true, but often the connections are not significant.


About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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5 Responses to

  1. pnh says:

    I never met William S. Burroughs, but I once saw him come out of a Baskin-Robbins in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, ice-cream cone in hand.

  2. cmcmck says:

    It must be quite difficult to come across as more sinister than Tom Waites!

    Btw, has Sarah contacted you about doing lunch?

  3. autopope says:

    Possibly TMI: On a Langford diagram, I am two bedmates away from William Burroughs.

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