I'll bet that's a hell of a cocktail, those 2 authors. Haven't read And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, but it's a book co-written by the authors in 1945, before they were famous Beat Generation writers. It's the story of a murder which actually took place -- both Burroughs & Kerouac went to jail for not turning their friend in, after he came to each of them and confessed. Burroughs' family bailed him out, but Kerouac's Pop let him serve the time. Both Ben and Linus were headed to San Francisco, so they were concerned about taking the books. When I told them I have a PO Box, they were relieved, and said they'll send the books back once they've made it.