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The Burroughs Century

In celebration of William S. Burrough’s 100th birthday this February, Bloomington has developed a festival in his honor, knowing his influence throughout America, and our own everyday lives. We are calling this event the Burroughs Century, but we are not looking backward; rather, we believe that the Burroughs Century is ongoing, that we are in the midst of it, and we intend to stage an event that indicates the full range of that continuing influence, including a film series, art and literature exhibits, speakers and panels, musical performances, and more.
 

Burroughs Symposium Registration

Those who are attending the academic symposium are encouraged to register in advance by following the link below.

 

William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs is an American author, essayist, painter, and spoken-word performer, and would turn 100-years-old this upcoming February. He is considered to be “one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century,” writing eighteen novels and six short story collections. His life’s journey took him through an education at Harvard, many reckless experiences in Mexico and other countries, and countless artistic endeavors amongst the other great Beats, Kerouac and Ginsberg, in New York City.

William S. Burroughs

In addition to his own creations, Burroughs has had a major influence on popular culture. He can be seen on The Beatles album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, he has a cameo in one of U2′s music videos, and he is featured in many photographs during his collaboration with Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Countless other artists, writers, and creators throughout the world have credited inspiration to Burroughs and his work.

Listen to The Beatdom Podcast for more information on the festival and discussion of the Beat Generation.