Feb 5, 2014 — The Beat Generation icon was a magnet for artists, musicians and wannabe hipsters. In a 1985 interview, the author credited his most groundbreaking work to the fallout from his wife's accidental death at his own hands, saying, "It was an event that ... made me into a writer." Burroughs died in 1997.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz, and Barry Miles. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Oct 8, 2009 — Once the center of an obscenity trial, William S. Burroughs' novel is a dark, wild ride through the terror of heroin addiction and withdrawal, filled with paranoia, erotica and drug-fueled hallucinations.
May 28, 2009 — Brian O'Dea tried marijuana and saw dollar signs. By the early 1980s, he had built a $100 million a year smuggling operation, and a cocaine addiction. High is his memoir of dealing drugs, doing time, and seeking redemption.
Oct 10, 2008 — Provisions slipped into the economic bailout bill mandate that employers and insurance companies give mental health issues parity with physical health issues. Among the changes? Companies will not be able to charge different rates for mental — versus physical — health services.
Oct 12, 2006 — William Cope Moyers is the son of journalist Bill Moyers. He's written a new memoir about his addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine and his recovery. He's been sober for twelve years and is the vice president for external affairs at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. His new memoir is Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
Jul 2, 2006 — July 4 fireworks and summer books might not seem to have much in common. But Donna Grucci-Butler, president of Fireworks by Grucci, tells what sort of reading she'll be doing when things quiet down a bit.
Dec 26, 2005 — Listener Theresa recommends this memoir of surviving drug abuse and its sequel, My Friend Leonard. "Don't let the swear words discourage you from reading," she writes.