But nowadays Burroughs is used to sell Nikes (or Apple computers or both, I'm not sure.) How adversarial can Burroughs' work be today if hip consumers can think they're channeling his power by buying running shoes?
The commercial Burroughs and the literary Burroughs are too rather different animals. The former IMO is barely visible today, lost in the hodgepodge of images used to sell shit.
What did more to sully Burroughs was the attempt to film Naked Lunch. Turned him into a sentimental whiner, moping all over the place.
Drugstore Cowboy, Trainspotting, or London Kills Me give some indication of Burroughs' influence, such as it is.
----------------------- "I am a public agent and don't know who I work for."