Thanks to James Grauerholz for this final goodbye from one of the 20th centuries most influential authors, (even if polite society won't admit it). FINAL WORDS will appeal to the Burroughs collector/afficianado as you will see the Grand Old Man return again and again in his final writings to themes that appear in his other works. Also, his commentary on current events and personalities, (Clinton, Timothy McVeigh, his fears of a growing world police state), make this book a must for the Burroughs fan. Particularly touching is how jarred Burroughs was by Allen Ginsberg's death. Burrough's remained true to his ideas/ideals to the very end, even if only at the end realizing the importance of love. From the entry for January 17, 1997: "What then is the meaning of respect? When all lies, deceit, pretense is stripped away, what remains? The truth of a painting, or a book or a man. No one is perfect. No, but by the flaws in the picture the truth will emerge."