A.J. Lees Mentored by a Madman:
The William Burroughs Experiment
September 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Launch Featuring A.J. Lees and Ira Silverberg
Howl! Happening in collaboration with New York Review Books and Notting Hill Editions is pleased to present an evening celebrating the U.S. publication of Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by internationally distinguished neurologist A.J. Lees. The author’s groundbreaking research on Parkinson’s disease was profoundly impacted by William Burroughs, who wrote Naked Lunch. In this extraordinary memoir, Lees follows Burroughs into the rainforest in search of cures for his patients. Through self-experimentation, he gains insights that encourage him to pursue new lines of pharmacological research. Reminiscent of the literary work of Oliver Sacks, Mentored by a Madman calls for the return of imagination and open-mindedness to medical science.
Please join us for this very special event to honor A.J. Lees, who will regale us with a reading from Mentored by a Madman and talk about his fascinating and provocative work, joined by editor and publishing legend Ira Silverberg. Conversation, book signing, and mingling to follow!
“Burroughs had become an unlikely prophet and a trusted oracle…. He encouraged me to get away from concrete thinking, float in outer space, and to run alongside a beam of light…. He also reminded me that research should not be limited to institutions and that scientists must find new ways to regain the power to explore. He had added a strange grace to my research that had helped me to fly crookedly in my curiosity for cures.”
—A.J. Lees, author of Mentored by a Madman