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Call Me Burroughs

Barry Miles
In conversation with David L. Ulin
Monday, February 3, 2014
Episode Summary

William Burroughs was the original cult figure of the Beat Movement, author of Naked Lunch, and influence to scores of artists, writers, and musicians. For the centennial celebration of Burroughs’ birth, beat historian and biographer Barry Miles discusses the long-term cultural legacy of Burroughs and his literary risk-taking.


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Participant(s) Bio

Barry Miles is the author of many seminal books on popular culture, including the authorized biography of Paul McCartney,Paul McCartney: Many Years from NowGinsberg: A Biography;William Burroughs: El Hombre InvisibleJack Kerouac: King of the Beats; and The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1957-1963. He also co-edited the revised text edition of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch.


David L. Ulin is book critic for the Los Angeles Times and from 2005-2010 was the paper's book editor. He is the author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, and the editor of Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a 2002 California Book Award. His essays and criticism have appeared in many publications