The View From Burroughs' House

A caretaker’s view of the William S. Burroughs centenary in Lawrence, Kansas.

| Winter 2014

  • William S. Burroughs and Timothy Leary on the porch of Burroughs’ house in Lawrence, Kansas, March 13, 1987, 8:30 a.m.
    Photo by Philip Heying
  • I’ve caught frat boys with flashlights in the back garden after midnight (that isn’t Burroughs’ typewriter, guys; it was placed there years after he died), and a woman digging up plants in broad daylight. “William Burroughs is a public person so this is public property,” she stated.
    Photo by Philip Heying

Door knock, dinnertime, summer 2009. Scraggly white male, 20s, red eyes.

– “Hello?”

– “I need to be hurt.”

– “What?”



– “Hurt me.”

– “You’ve got the wrong house.”