In Don't Hide The Madness, the fathers of the Beat movement converse about deeply intimate and personal history while gathered at Burroughs' house in Lawrence, Kansas. The conversation includes discussion of:
-David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Burroughs’ classic novel Naked Lunch
-Shamanism, including a detailed description of the shamanic exorcism of the demon Burroughs believes forced him to kill his common-law wife in 1951
-Literary associates, influences, techniques, and insights
-Punk rock’s contributions to counterculture lore
With the current political landscape mirroring many aspects of the early Beat period, Don't Hide The Madness is particularly timely. Interest in both authors’ work is on the rise. Many consider these legendary icons’ perspectives to particularly be prophetic. Don't Hide the Madness features a newly-commissioned illustration of Burroughs and Ginsberg by celebrated artist R. Crumb on the cover, as well as 17 rare photos by Ginsberg, many taken during the session.