the first letter to Ayn Rand & the reply
July 4th, 1944
Dear Mizz Rand,
I just finished your book, "The Pumpkinhead." Great, I must say. The idea of going against the establishment by becoming the purist root of the establishment is a coup for fascists worldwide. I mean this in the most complimentary fashion. Women make terrible fascists traditionally. And you do write like a man. I'll bet you even vote and drink whiskey too. I can give no higher praise.
You may not know my work but I am a red headed architect just like your laughing hero. I've always wanted to put my red haired dick in a Russian. How about it?
W.S. Burroughs, A.G.A.
8 August 1944
Dear Mister Burroughs:
Your letter was at once insulting and compelling so I reply. My citizenship, alas, prevents me from responding to your offer of friendship. I am no longer European. I am as American as a drunken Navajo in Gallup, New Mexico. I regret no longer having a Russian port for your salted peter.
It’s terribly hot this summer, don’t you agree? Perhaps you could send me a letter about Germans in hot weather.
In any event, please do send more gorgeous filth. This shall further a character study I am working on for my next novel.
Your favorite writer,