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Confessions of an English Opium Eater with Will Self

Ep. 13

Thomas de Quincey & William S. Burroughs in Soho. The novelist Will Self joins Henry in London to explore the opium dreams and heroin nightmares of Thomas de Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater and William S. Burrough’s Junky. They walk from Oxford Street to Covent Garden, and along the way they also discuss The Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley and Will’s own 2019 drugs memoir, Will.

 

2022 is the 200th anniversary of the book publication of Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

 

Penguin Classics edition of Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/34581/confessions-of-an-english-opium-eater-by-thomas-de-quincey-ed--barry-milligan/9780140439014

https://apple.co/3SDKmZI

 

Naxos audiobook of Confessions of an English Opium Eater, read by Gunnar Cauthery

https://naxosaudiobooks.com/confessions-of-an-english-opium-eater-unabridged/

https://apple.co/3SgGjTB

 

Penguin Modern Classics edition of Junky by William S. Burroughs

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57608/junky-by-william-s-burroughs-intro-oliver-harris/9780141189826

https://apple.co/3UIuIOz

 

W. F. Howes audiobook of Junky read by Mark Nelson

https://www.wfhowes.co.uk/title-details/9781471212291

https://apple.co/3ReJ3zt

 

Will Self

https://will-self.com/

 

Will by Will Self

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/176727/will-by-self-will/9780141046402

https://apple.co/3r89gVZ

 

W. F. Howes audiobook of Will, read by Will Self

https://www.wfhowes.co.uk/title-details/9781528888219

https://apple.co/3r8QZrh

 

The Colony Room Club – in pictures

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/sep/13/from-francis-bacon-to-tracey-emin-soho-historic-colony-room-club-in-pictures

 

William S. Burroughs and the Moka Bar

https://www.openculture.com/2014/12/how-william-s-burroughs-shut-down-londons-first-espresso-bar-1972.html

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