William S. Burroughs died in 1997 at the age of 83, but his brilliantly deranged spirit lives on at Munch Gallery during a 24-hour marathon reading of his Nova Trilogy by the artist Marshall Weber. Weber begins at midnight tonight and continues for 24 hours, presumably pausing for the occasional bathroom break and speedball. Weber has been performing similar feats since 1994, when he spent 33 hours reading Ulysses in San Francisco, and says the sleep-deprivation leads to a “hallucinatory trance state.” That suits these viscerally unnerving, avant-garde Burroughs tomes, derived from the same manuscripts as Naked Lunch, and described by Jack Kerouac as “all scatological homosexual super-violent madness.”

Wed., Feb. 5, 11:59 p.m., 2014

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