Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Beat Postcard #12: Opaque

William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, and Paul Bowles (r-l)
Tangiers, Morocco 1961

This photo is important.

Exactly two hours later Paul Bowles (left) saw himself in the mirror and noticed how far he'd come since his tea making days. Now he wore a tie. O life.

Gregory, on the other hand, was at the top of his game. He was young and strong and liked to emphasize this by standing next to Burroughs. He did this to compensate for feelings of inadequacy, fostered by the attention his compatriots received at midnight invisible parties.

Burroughs as already quite mad by this time. He'd looked like your grandpa since he was 22 and practiced the art of urban invisibility. He learned to see through things. He was pretty good

He knew why Corso stood so close.

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