When Burroughs said:
”"“Oh, yes, Aram,” he said. “Your father [William Saroyan] is one of the great American writers…
I wonder which of Saroyan's works Burroughs admired. The only thing by Saroyan I've read is The Time of Your Life, which is an entertaining play about eccentric down and outs in a 1920's San Francisco bar. The play ends with one of the patrons, a crazed, tall-tale spinning mountain man, shooting a universally hated busybody and police informer. I'm sure that aspect of the story must have appealed to Burroughs.
Overall, the play reminded me somewhat of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, but not nearly as good.