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Episode 366: William S. Burroughs goes to the DNC


This week we continue our Winter of Wayback season by reading a dispatch about the 1968 Democratic National Convention written for Esquire by William S. Burroughs. The convention itself was famously contentious, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was criticized for allegedly allowing the cops to run roughshod over protesters outside the convention hall. Burroughs, meanwhile, brings to the party a politics we’d describe as “confusing.”

Also this week: The poetry of 1968 presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. And the return of Raccoon News!

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Author: mikeingram25

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2 thoughts on “Episode 366: William S. Burroughs goes to the DNC

  1. The group Mike is thinking of is The Capitol Steps, right? And I didn’t realize that Tom had a “raccoon news” alert because he’s afraid of them! Another puzzle piece falls into place.

  2. Listen to The Beachboys’ “I Get Around” where Brian Wilson sings about his protagonist as being “a real cool head makin’ real good bread.”

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