With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker. Victor Bockris, William S. Burroughs.
With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker
With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker
With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker

With William Burroughs: A Report From the Bunker

ISBN: 0312147678
New York, NY: Seaver Books, 1996. First Edition Thus. Softcover. (Shoaf 80b., pg. 76; Schottlaender H6c. pg. 143). Here are just a few examples of Bockris' classic interview-memoir-reportage. (WSB in conversation with Tennessee Williams, New York, 1976). Burroughs asks Williams if he has ever written any film scripts, to which Tennessee responds: "Yes, I've written one called 'One Arm,' which has been floating around, I don't know where it is. I wrote it one summer while I was taking Dr. Max Jacobson's shots. I did some of my best writing while taking these shots. I had incredible vitality under them. And I got way ahead of myself as a writer, into another dimension." (pg. 110). The image of Tennessee Williams shuffling past JFK to slink into the offices of Dr. Jacobson sure is a remarkable one. Equally hilarious as these passages is Burroughs' exasperated challenges to Terry Southern, whose complete lack of knowledge on drugs required nearly every sentence Southern uttered be corrected. Bockris and Southern sound like teenagers raiding the medicine cabinet, mistakenly supposing that drugs such as niacin can "get you high" only to be corrected by a head shaking, sighing Burroughs. In another passage, Bockris asks Burroughs about communism, to which he replies: "...the present-day Communist clings to these outmoded concepts, refusing to acknowledge the contradictions and failures of the Marxist system. Communism doesn't have any capacity to change." (pg. 179). And for all of you collectors, curators, and archivists out there, this passage is particularly mouthwatering. It is written in reference to a 1986 dinner party attended by Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Allen Ginsberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, owner of the Mudd Club Steve Mass, and journalist Richard Hell. "Jean-Michel spent much of the evening curled up on a love seat where he quietly drew in a small sketchbook that he intermittently handed to Bill. I was amazed to see William, who normally eschews the craft, deftly adding his own glyphlike images to the pages." Wow--just to think that there (hopefully still) exists a notebook of Jean-Michel Basquiat's (in some archive, somewhere) in which a impromptu collaborative artwork between Basquiat and Burroughs lies dormant. Amazing. Anecdotes such as these abound in Bockris' cult classic "With William Burroughs: a Report from the Bunker," and as such it is a must for any Beat-&-Beyond library. And on one final note: this is the ONLY edition of this book that includes the Basquiat anecdote written of above--that anecdote and material similar to it can only be found in the Expanded edition offered here. [ISBN: 0-312-14767-8]. Book in very fine condition with only a small crease on the top right-hand corner of front cover which extends into the first few pages; slight shelf-wear to bottom most fine edge of same; tiny bump to bottom left-hand corner of back cover. Very Fine. [Item #4107]

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