Louis Cartwright, d.1994
Herbert Huncke (left) and William S. Burroughs
New York, [c.1979-80]
Burroughs with Herbert Huncke (1915-1996), in the Bunker c. 1979-80. Huncke, a Times Square habitué, was a longtime friend of Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac. He appears in Junky as “Herman”—a prototypical street-hipster-junkie. In the forward to the Herbert Huncke Reader, Burroughs wrote: “Huncke had adventures and mis-adventures that were not available to middle class, comparatively wealthy people like Kerouac and me.” Kerouac is said to have picked up the term “beat” from Huncke.