Britten and Auden shared a house with him in Brooklyn, Barnes in Tangier. He met Spender and Isherwood (who borrowed his surname) in Berlin, Rorem in Mexico. Cowell suggested he study with Copland; Stein (who had thought he was an old man, when he was barely 20) suggested he go to Morocco, which he did first with Copland. Thomson gave him work as a music-critic, Cunningham choreographed a piece of his and Bernstein conducted it. He translated stories by Choukri and by his own constant companion Mrabet. Capote, Williams, Vidal, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kerouac and Corso all visited him in Tangier.