Gentle Readers and Miscreants, this is not an actual blog, this post. It is a reminder that the Inependent Lens series on PBS will be airing the documentary on our hero, William S. Burroughs, starting on Tuesday February 22. It is called “(WSB) A Man Within”.
We thank the folks at The Independent Lens, in particular, Mary Lugo, for sending us an advance copy of the film. She actually sent it to Beatdom, the literary journal where Your Humble Narrator is the assistant editor. A full review will be found in Beatdom, when the next issue hits the printer.
We can say we found parts of it to be very inspirational. Having read most of the Beat Library before age 20, we sometimes forget the lessons and inspirations we took from Beat culture in youth. It is a passage of youth, to read these books by Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kerouac, et al., but the messages held within are just as pertinent to us now, at age 53, as they were over 30 years ago when we first read them. That is, as The Dude says in The Big Lebowski, the “editorial ‘we'”.
There are great snippets of interviews with John Waters, Patti Smith, Ginsberg, Burroughs and others. There is footage of the final Burroughs, laid out in his casket, his trademark hat perched on coffin-lid.
We will remind you again on Tuesday but a full review will follow. There is much to be said about this documentary but that is for Beatdom to tell you. You may want to visit the Beatdom site at www.beatdom.com and see some of the new Burroughs links that have been added with all those other cool links. Maybe you will want to start a discussion there…we hope you do!