Will the real William S. Burroughs please stand up?

“When William S. Burroughs and I were introduced, we were in a completely different apartment, and I felt something wasn’t right. I said, ‘This isn’t your place, is it?’ He looked closely at me for a minute, and confessed it was his friend’s, and that his apartment was too messy. I told him, ‘This place doesn’t reflect you,’ and that seemed to click with him. He took us downstairs to his place, with his newly washed socks on a makeshift clothesline.”

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.

William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962.