“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don’t buy love for nothing.”
― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside. 1986.
“I always thought a punk was someone who took it up the ass.”
I played in a bunch of bands in college [in Lawrence, KS] and Burroughs was always “around”. Whenever anyone sighted him in clubs or bars, we’d all get excited. [My wife] Liz and I once saw him at a Laurie Anderson event, just sitting by himself in the crowd like he was at a high school play. He had an end seat.But because of Burroughs and how kind Lawrence was, a ton of famous people would come to town to see Burroughs and often play small shows. REM was probably the best know for this. But Ginsberg, Keith Haring, Tim Leary, Laurie Anderson, and others would come around.Once Danzig came to town to meet Burroughs at his house way out of town in the woods. His limo driver dropped him off in the morning and was to pick him up in the evening because Burroughs agreed to spend the day with him.
Danzig arrived and Burroughs answered the door and let him in. Then Burroughs disappeared into the house never to return. Danzig was so freaked out by all of Burroughs’ cats that he just sat there all day in the front room. He called for Burroughs a few times, but never searched the house. Then in the evening the driver showed up and Danzig left.