When William S. Burroughs died in August 1997 at age 83, he was the last of the seminal beat writers to go. Jack Kerouac died in 1969, and Allen Ginsberg in 1997. Some argue that Gregory Corso who died in 2001, should have enjoyed that status too. Despite Burroughs’ known heroin use over many years, his hundredth birthday on February 5, the same week that Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared to have died of a drug related cocktail, made many ponder: how do some addicts maintain till old age? Yearlong celebrations, in Bloomington, Lawrence, Seattle and other American cities including New York will mark the occasion with parties and poetry in the expectation that the beat generation will endure in their efforts, and it does in spirit.