"It is true, the spoken word enlightens both the spirit and the soul. Indeed, the HENDRICK’S Master Distiller can often be heard talking at length to her ‘two little sweeties’ – the delightful and peculiarly small copper pot stills from which the most unusual gin flows."
WILLIAM BURROUGHS and the TORSO MURDERER
This lecture took place on the 19th November 2010
It was 1951 Mexico City when William S Burroughs, fledgling author and heroin addict, accidentally shot and killed his wife, Joan, in a drunken re-enactment of the story of William Tell. The experience sparked a creative awakening which produced masterpieces of Beat Generation literature such as “The Naked Lunch” and “The Soft Machine”.
Burroughs was hailed by Norman Mailer as "The only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius", His works have been cited as a major influence by musicians such as Lou Reed, Joy Division, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Kurt Cobain.