546: Burroughs 101

546: Burroughs 101

Jan 30, 2015
This American Life host Ira Glass was never into William Burroughs. Didn't get why people love his writing so much. Then he heard this radio story that changed all that, partly because it wasn't very reverential about Burroughs. For Burroughs 101st birthday, we hear that story.

If you prefer, here's a bleeped version.
  • Ira talks about the fact that he never much liked William Burroughs or his writing, just never got why Burroughs was this revered figure for some people. Then Ira heard a recent BBC documentary about Burroughs and finally understood. Ira says he's going to play the whole documentary on the show in honor of what would have been Burroughs 101st birthday this week. (2 minutes)

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