Naked Lunch

A mixture of apocalyptic fiction and awful truth is the basis for the film Naked Lunch, based on the writings of William S. Burroughs. A dark, convoluted tale, Naked Lunch features William Lee (the Burroughs character played by Peter Weller) as an exterminator-turned-secret-agent-turned-loco who shoots his wife in the head during a William Tell routine. That's based on the real-life death of Burroughs's wife, whom he unintentionally shot and killed during a similar game at a party. Characters loosely based on Burroughs's friends Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg also factor in the story, as do giant bugs, living typewriters and a doctor who manufactures a street drug called Black Meat from the guts of huge centipedes. As complicated and challenging as Burroughs himself, Naked Lunch prompted critic Roger Ebert to write, "While I admired it in an abstract way, I felt repelled by the material on a visceral level." 8:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit Free.
Mon., Nov. 16, 8:30 p.m., 2009
KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Olivia Flores Alvarez