“Be back in no time.” — Last words of William S. Burroughs

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“Firecrackers and whistles sounded the advent of the New Year of 1965 in St. Louis. Stripteasers ran from the bars in Gaslight Square to dance in the street when midnight came. Burroughs, who had watched television alone that night, was asleep in his room at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis’s most elegant.”

New Year’s with William S. Burroughs

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"Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war."

William S. Burroughs

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“All of my work is directed against those who are bent, through stupidity or design, on blowing up the planet or rendering it uninhabitable. Like the advertising people we talked about, I’m concerned with the precise manipulation of word and image to create an action, not to go out and buy a Coca-Cola, but to create an alteration in the reader’s consciousness. You know, they ask me if I were on a desert island and knew nobody would ever see what I wrote, would I go on writing. My answer is most emphatically yes. I would go on writing for company. Because I’m creating an imaginary—it’s always imaginary—world in which I would like to live.”

William S. Burroughs, The Art of Fiction No. 36

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"You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative."

William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch

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"Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing."

William S. Burroughs

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