Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Mr Burroughs arrived 100 years ago

William Burroughs remains someone who appears respected or disliked by a range of people,  with very little neutral ground.

Easy enough to use the "anti" adjectives and nouns, but you won't find them here.

Here's a wonderful extended piece about WSB on The Quietus:

The Third Man: William S. Burroughs At One Hundred

RAW liked his work enough to adopt at least some of the cut-up technique (evolved with Brion Gysin) in Illuminatus!  In fact, Burroughs appears in the book.
WSB also studied with Korzybski, and was way ahead of the game when it came to paranoia about Control, Belief Systems, Authoritarian States, and the manipulation of others.

William Burroughs at 100 - the official website

Life-Time also have a piece:

William S. Burroughs at 100: Rebel, Junkie, Exile, Genius

If you are in the US: have a look at The Burroughs Century

LISTEN TO MY LAST WORDS anywhere. Listen to my last words any world. Listen all you boards syndicates and governments of the earth. And you powers behind what filth deals consummated in what lavatory to take what is not yours. To sell the ground from unborn feet forever—
“Don’t let them see us. Don’t tell them what we are doing—”
Are these the words of the all-powerful boards and syndicates of the earth?
“For God’s sake don’t let that Coca-Cola thing out—”
“Not The Cancer Deal with The Venusians—”
“Not The Green Deal—Don’t show them that—”
“Not The Orgasm Death—”
“Not the ovens—”
Listen: I call you all. Show your cards all players. Pay it all pay it all pay it all back. Play it all pay it all play it all back. For all to see. In Times Square. In Piccadilly.
“Premature. Premature. Give us a little more time.”
Time for what? More lies? Premature? Premature for who? I say to all these words are not premature. These words may be too late. Minutes to go.
–William Burroughs, Nova Express  1964

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