I've only read "Junky" and "Queer"--both very short and accessible books--and I am still perturbed by the life of William S. Burroughs. The man was a thief, heroin addict, and shot his wife in the head whilst trying to shoot a glass off of it to entertain party guests. Despite all of that, this new documentary, "A Man Within", looks very interesting. As John Waters so eloquently puts it:
"He was the first person that was famous for things you were supposed to hide. He was gay, he was a junk(ie/y), he didn't look handsome, he shot his wife, he wrote poetry about assholes and heroin. It was not easy to like."