Letters of Note: Jack Kerouac ‘Burroughs Has Gone Insane’

William S. BurroughsOn the always fascinating site Letters of Note:

Early 1957, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg travelled to Tangier to join William Burroughs; their mission to assemble and edit Burroughs’ many fragments of work to form a ‘readable’ Naked Lunch manuscript. Kerouac arrived early and, during a break from socialising with Burroughs, the ‘old familiar lunatic’, wrote to Lucien Carr and his wife Francesca in order to update them on the project’s progress. That handwritten letter — essentially a fascinating account of Burroughs’ behaviour in his prime — can be seen [here].

For related material — including other correspondence, manuscript pages and photographs — I very highly recommend visiting Columbia University’s online exhibition, “Naked Lunch”: The First Fifty Years.

Transcript here:

Dear Lucien & Cessa — Writing to you by candlelight from the mysterious Casbah — have a magnificent room overlooking the beach & the bay & the sea & can see Gibraltar — patio to sun on, room maid, $20 a month — feel great but Burroughs has gone insane as, — he keeps saying he’s going to erupt into some unspeakable atrocity such as waving his dingdong at an Embassy part & such or slaughtering an Arab boy to see what his beautiful insides look like …

Read and See more on Letters of Note

, , , , , , , , ,

  • Hadrian999

    anyone who has ever tried to read naked lunch can tell Burroughs was a complete f***ing lunatic

  • tonyviner

    I've got some Burroughs on audio. They should call him Mumbles, I guess he has his niche, though.

  • johnson

    lif is hard, and what about shoes? bit.ly/9rm508 or http://www.shoestimes.com.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Great link!
    Letters of Note is a goldmine.

    • Hadrian999

      there is one on there somewhere that is a letter from hunter s thonpson to a movie production company,
      best letter ever written

      • http://disinfo.com Disinformation

        Yeah that's mentioned on the site too:

        http://disinfo.com/2009/10/letters-of-note-

        Letters of Note is a great site, agreed.

      • E.B. Wolf

        I was always partial to Doc's letter announcing his intent to surrender to Deputy District Attorney Lawson Willis during the Alleged incident which resulted in the Sharp Necklace Agreement.

  • http://www.air-jordan-4.com/ air jordan 4

    It looks good,I have learn a recruit!
    Recently,I found an excellent online store, the XX are completely various, good quality and cheap price,it’s worth buying! http://www.alliask.net/

21
More in Beat Generation, Counterculture, Drugs, History, Jack Kerouac, Letters of Note, Literature, Mental Health, Naked Lunch
It’s Over: MPs Say the Special Relationship with US is Dead

From the Times Online: Britain’s special relationship with the US — forged by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt in the second world war — no longer exists, says a committee...

Close