William S. Burroughs – “Tangier Cut-Up (1964)

August 2, 2010 at 1:41 am (Poetry & Literature, Reviews & Articles, The Beats, William S. Burroughs)

The September 1964 issue of Esquire features a photo-essay titled “Tangier.” Alongside pictures by photographer Robert Freson, William Burroughs provided captions and the following text.
I post this in remembrance of WSB, who died 13 years ago today…

In these foreign suburbs here, a map of Tangier on a flaking plaster wall. I look from a photo layout to the map and drive pins in the map pointing location of the photos. The wall is grey and metallic under the plaster; electricity leaking into the walls the way it does in these old houses, you can get a shock from these pins. Look at the map. It won’t be there long. Read the rest of this entry »

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