William Burroughs

(5 February 1914 – 2 August 1997)

William Burroughs Quotes

  • ''This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.''
    William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. repr. In Painting and Guns, in a slightly different form (1992). "The War Universe," first published in Grand Street, no. 37 (New York, 1992). Taped conversation.
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  • ''Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.''
    William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Western Lands, ch. 3 (1987).
  • ''Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.''
    William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Western Lands, ch. 5 (1987).
  • ''So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.''
    William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Western Lands, ch. 2 (1987).
  • ''After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER."''
    William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. "Women: A Biological Mistake?" The Adding Machine (1985).

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Fear and the Monkey

This text arranged in my New York loft, which is the converted locker room of an old YMCA. Guests have reported the presence of a ghost boy. So this is a Oui-Ja board poem taken from Dumb Instrument, a book of poems by Denton Welch, and spells and invocations from the Necronomicon, a highly secret magical text released in paperback. There is a pinch of Rimbaud, a dash of St-John Perse, an oblique reference to Toby Tyler with the Circus, and the death of his pet monkey.

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