Thursday, February 6, 2014

Lawrence Cold Outside but Hot for Burroughs

Photo of William Burroughs with Lawrence resident Pat Connor

Much of Lawrence has William Burroughs fever, as we acknowledge his 100th birthday with celebrations at the Arts Center, The Spencer Museum, and in local bars.  When grilled, most Lawrencians admit to never actually finishing a Burroughs novel.  Nevertheless, Burroughs is one of our most famous celebrities as demonstrated by the fact that many other famous people made the trek to Lawrence to see him.  Commemorative drinking glasses with Burroughs' face as well as a beer dedicated to him are selling like hotcakes.

One thing we learned from these celebrations is that the locals love to tell personal stories about Burroughs. One experience is in the form of a photo series made by local resident Pat Connor.  These photos show Burroughs as an old man in his later years when he lived in Lawrence.

Hear our favorite news story about Burroughs' life in Lawrence here.  Frank Morris reports and gets a Burroughs haircut. :

Read 97 things about Burroughs (posted by The Lawrence Public Library) here:

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