Rare signed photo print of William S. Burroughs holding an Uzi
11 x 14 inches, suitable for framing
Signed by V. Vale
In the lower margin of each print V. Vale will also hand write a brief unique description of the photo
Each print is made to order – allow up to a week of processing time before shipping.
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Commentary by V. Vale:
“By luck William S. Burroughs was dressed in a classic noir-era detective costume (fedora, tan trenchcoat) when I got the idea to take him to the long-gone San Francisco Gun Exchange on 2nd Street between Mission and Howard (downtown tech start-up territory these days). A semi-automatic (i.e., not fully automatic, but easily-convertible with a substitute gray-market trigger mechanism) version of the fabled Uzi 9mm machine pistol was on display, and I asked the salesman if we could handle it. I immediately took a photo; so fast that it’s a bit blurry… but it’s a bona-fide document of an unrehearsed experience. In the background are shelves of rifles and boxes of ammunition receding into infinity.
“To the end, Burroughs remained slightly skeptical of any gun which depends upon a magazine to fire successfully, as he knew that over time springs weaken and may misfeed. If the cartridge remains potent, the revolver design is so simple as to be almost foolproof (as long as the barrel remains unobstructed) and this is why (again, to the end) Burroughs slept with a revolver by his hand under the covers (NOT under the pillow, or in an adjacent nightstand drawer). He knew that if a home invader entered his bedroom, he would have just a fraction of a second to defend himself!
“‘Be Prepared’ was the original Boy Scout motto. It was probably no accident that Burroughs penned his own Revised Boy Scout Manual which has recently been published with an afterword by V. Vale.”