Philip Willey with George Laughead
illustrations by Lyle Schultze
This book is a brief piece of William S. Burroughs fan-fiction, apparently excerpted from a novel-in-progress by Philip Willey. Although the author is writing a novel, his name only appears online in conjunction with other small publications, or with anecdotes about meeting writers. Naked Tea is, according to the book’s website, inspired by meetings with Burroughs. Willey (I believe it to be the same Willey, although I may be mistaken) previously contributed an anecdote about meeting Henry Miller to a 1989 book titled Brushes with Greatness: An Anthology of Chance Encounters with Celebrities. Willey seems to have a knack for turning his run-ins with authors into writing of his own, as exhibited in Naked Tea.
This book is a small and short self-published work featuring a brief narrative of hanging around and talking which includes William S. Burroughs as a character. The writing itself is more Hunter S. Thompson (who is referenced directly in the text) prose-style than Burroughs, and so is much of the art, which (sorta) evokes a pastiche of Ralph Steadman’s wild illustrations, with one exception being a mixed media image that looks like a modified piece by Jean Dubuffet. The text is a tribute to Burroughs, more than anything else, as it often reads as a stream of unexplained references to Burroughs fairly large and disjointed body of written works.
|Lyle Schultz - 2010 - The Cut Ups (featured in Naked Tea)|
|Jean Dubuffet - similar to an image in Naked Tea!|
Apparently this is not the only work of Burroughs/Beats fan fiction out there...
|Photo of installation by Marco Perego featuring a sculpted representation of Burroughs titled The Only Good Rock Star is a Dead Rock Star|