“Six years before he published his breakthrough novel, Naked Lunch (1959), William S. Burroughs broke into the literary scene with Junky (sometimes also called Junkie), a candid, semi-autobiographical account of an “unredeemed drug addict.” It’s safe to say that the book wouldn’t have seen the light of day if Allen Ginsberg hadn’t taken Burroughs under his wing and edited the manuscript. The book, originally published under the pseudonym “William Lee,” was distributed by Ace Books, a publishing house that targeted New York City subway riders. Above, you can listen to Burroughs, the famous beat writer, reading a three-hour abridged version of the text. An alternate version appears here.”
From Open Culture.
There is a lot more at the William S. Burroughs Archive on Youtube
(Image above by Christiaan Tonnis.)