by Robert Bayuk
In 1968 writers Terry Southern, Jean Genet and William S. Burroughs were hired by Esquire Magazine to cover the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Before the convention began, Genet, who was banned from entering the US for petty crimes committed in France, needed to be smuggled across the US border. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg volunteered to go to Montreal to retrieve the great French novelist and playwright. This work examines that endeavor as well as the thoughts of three of the greatest minds of the 20th century.