Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs

Considering that the book is, in part, about a) 18th century pirates and b) a 20th century private detective (pirate police?) perhaps the fact that I read a pirated copy of this book is justified? I’m going to say no, because the hallucinatory effects of the (cut-up) prose were often mitigated and/or undermined by the thought that maybe what I was reading was simply uncorrected OCR scanning. Then again, the fact that I read a pirated electronic copy scanned from a paper book dovetails nicely with the fact that the book is also in part about the transmigration of the soul.