It was first published in by Grove Press. It depicts a homosexual youth movement whose objective is the downfall of western civilization, set in an apocalyptic late twentieth century. In , Burroughs wrote a screenplay based on the novel, with the intent of having it produced as a low-budget hardcore pornographic film, and entered into negotiations with gay porn producer Fred Halsted before abandoning the idea at the end of Russell Mulcahy wanted to direct a film adaptation, and talked to Duran Duran about writing the soundtrack, but the project never came to fruition.
97 Things You Didn’t Know About William S. Burroughs
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These artists called Beatniks shirked mainstream conventions in favor of a more fluid lifestyle, hitchhiking, and creating art. But the influence of one notorious Beat has been all but forgotten: that of Joan Vollmer. Vollmer often hosted the Beats at her Upper West Side apartment in New York and participated in their wide-ranging intellectual discussions. She fell in love with William S.
Queer is an early short novel written between and , published in by William S. It is partially a sequel to his earlier novel, Junkie , which ends with the stated ambition of finding a drug called Yage. Queer , although not devoted to that quest, does include a trip to South America looking for the substance. The novel begins with the introduction of "Lee," who recounts his life in Mexico City among American expatriate college students and bar owners surviving on part-time jobs and GI Bill benefits.
Burroughs was an American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter and spoken word performer. Much of Burroughs' work is semi-autobiographical, drawn from his experiences as an opiate addict, a condition that marked the last fifty years of his life. He was a primary member of the Beat Generation, an avant-garde author who affected popular culture as well as literature.