“Before I Burn” gives the reader the awesome sense of a fully perceived life—the hallmark of great art.
Think of these novellas as variations on a common theme: a complicated world is scrutinized through the elemental viewpoint of one of the most memorable characters in American fiction over the past quarter-century.
In a way, this collection of hip writing, a “literary mixtape,” is the ultimate embodiment of the vision of the Hipster-as-Curator.
Between the heroin, booze, and all else that Mexico had to offer, there was little to no time for William S. Burroughs to appreciate the culture of his adopted home.
Hilary Holladay’s biography of Herbert Huncke provides valuable insight into a person and world that were begging to be explored.