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Andrew Lees on Mentored by a Madman:The William Burroughs Experiment

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Host: Shakespeare & Company
Location: 37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Paris, France
Speaker: Andrew Lees

As the Centre Pompidou’s Beat Generation exhibition closes, join Shakespeare & Co for for an evening with Andrew Lees as he discusses his mindbending new work Mentored by a Madman:The William Burroughs Experiment.

In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career.

Lees draws on Burroughs’ search for an addiction cure to discover a ground-breaking treatment for shaking palsy, and learns how to use the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes to diagnose patients. Lees follows Burroughs into the rainforest and under the influence of yagé (ayahuasca) gains insights that encourage him to pursue new lines of pharmacological research and explore new forms of science.

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