“Burroughs & Friends” features previously unpublished interviews with William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, John Giorno, Diane di Prima and Gerald V. Casale.
Table of contents:
1. Introduction by V. Vale
2. William S. Burroughs: “Make America Great Again!”
3. William S. Burroughs: The Final Interview
4. Diane di Prima: The Healing Machine
5. Gerald V. Casale: “Too Many People!”
6. Brion Gysin: The Disaster Tapes
7. John Giorno: Doing the Third Mind
In two previously unpublished interviews, William S. Burroughs discusses…
Eating the giant centipede
Why everyone’s memories are declining
What prevented him from becoming a spy
His reading habits and some book recommendations
Diane di Prima talks about Burroughs’s magical conjurations at Naropa University.
Gerald V. Casale (of DEVO!) recounts his conversation with Burroughs, and his dark vision of the future of the planet.
In a long, scandalous interview, Brion Gysin begins by talking about how a dog led him to the beautiful Ussat-les-Bains in the Pyrenees. He then gossips about the Surrealists, and never quite tells the story of how he almost found the Holy Grail.
To close the book, poet John Giorno shares his memories of Burroughs and Gysin as they worked together on The Third Mind, as well as Gysin’s then-recent death.