I find it mildly amusing that Burroughs’ novels are banned from Russian libraries. Not in a sense that this is a somewhat fascinating and downright fatuous way of dealing with drug problems, but rather in a sense that a great opportunity has been missed. An opportunity to ban Burroughs’ novels on the grounds of them being poorly written or artistically limited. At the very least from that absurdity some sense could be retrieved. As things stand, it’s just silly.