February 05, 2004

Here to Go

William S. Burroughs would be ninety today.

Of all the surreal, outrageous, wise and funny words he left behind him when he departed for the Western Lands in 1997 - and he's always worth paying attention to - I think my favorite may be his reaction to being inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1983: "These people, twenty years ago, they were saying I belonged in jail. Now they're saying I belong in their club. I didn't listen to them then, and I don't listen to them now."

Nothing is true. Everything is permitted. Go out and do something subversive in the name of Uncle Bill today.

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