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William S. Burroughs’s Stuff: Photos

From the portfolio of photographer Peter Ross, a gallery of photos of various items that belonged to the late writer William S. Burroughs.

Burroughs, one the 20th century’s Counterculture Heavyweights, was a heroin addict before it was cool, got cozy with Allen Ginsberg, accidentally shot and killed his own wife and wrote the 1959 novel Naked Lunch (which is about neither nudity nor noshing). He died in 1987. What more do you need to know?

Ross’s photographs are terrific (see his other galleries while you’re there), and among Burroughs’s possessions he found shoeshine supplies, bullets, an air pistol, blowdarts — and a book titled The Medical Implications of Karate Blows.

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