5. Queer by William S. Burroughs One of three books my girlfriend picked up for me when she was in the UK...as well as hot cross buns and creme eggs!! Autobiographical short by William Burroughs that recalls his time spent in Mexico City in the 40s. While in Mexico City avoiding imprisonment in the US ”Lee” meets, and falls for, a young ex-service man, Allerton. Lee becomes obsessive in his pursuit of Allerton who rejects his advances...most of the time...often humiliating Lee and making him perform more desperate attempts at winning over Allerton’s affections. Queer is a raw and honest look at aspects of addiction, obsession and sexuality. The novel can be considered a sequel to Junkie, Burroughs’ first novel and has a similar style and related themes. Both novels are quite conventional compared to his later works that used the cut-up technique, although you do see elements of the absurd and grotesque, common in Burroughs' work, creep into later parts of Queer. And despite the title, there's not a lot of Crisco action going on! I wouldn’t recommend the book to people not familiar with Burroughs or Beat lit. Junky for a regular crime and drugs fun. Naked Lunch for mad, filthy nonsense that makes no sense half the time. It's a very fast, short read, but there's a lot going on and definitely needs numerous reads to get to the depth of it all.