I think it would be a safe guess that a lot of the folks who regularly read OV are also fans of William S. Burroughs. I’ve had a long time love for Uncle Bill; voraciously consuming all of his books one after another when they were still ‘special orders’ at the small (and only, and predominantly Christian books) bookstore in the town I grew up in. I’ve found reading them at different points in my life has given me different interpretations; and while Nova Express is still my favorite I get a little something from everything he wrote.
Iconic photographer and all around good gentleman Charles Gatewood worked on a book with Bill in the 1970s called Side Tripping and recently released a deluxe version of ‘lost photos’ taken during their friendship.
From the Burroughs23 website:
Each 11″x14″ hand crafted book features high-quality digitally printed reproductions of photographs of American author William S. Burroughs (b. 1914 – d. 1997) shot in London, England in 1972, and in New York, New York, USA in 1975. The book also contains photos of writer Brion Gysin, Led Zeppelin singer Jimmy Page, and Rolling Stone Magazine journalist Robert Palmer. Many of these photos have never been seen or published before now.
The photo above is Bill and Gysin using their ‘dream machine’. Beautiful.