Will Hermes
March 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Best of William Burroughs

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
William Burroughs
genre
Spoken Word, Reissues

We gave it an A

WILLIAM BURROUGHS The Best of William Burroughs (Mouth Almighty/Mercury) With a delivery that was half snake-oil-peddling CEO and half Mark Twain’s evil twin, late Beat author Burroughs was a wicked elocutionist, and his work is perhaps best enjoyed via recorded readings. In this definitive four-CD set, his racist good ol’ boys, dead-eyed junkies, queer hustlers, and government conspirators all come slithering to life. It’s proof Burroughs was as much a performance artist as a novelist; maybe more. A

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