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William Burroughs

"A functioning police state needs no police."

William Borroughs, The Naked Lunch, 1959

William Seward Burroughs (February 5, 1914 - August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, essayist, social critic and spoken word performer. Much of Burroughs' work is semi-autobiographical drawn from his experiences as an opiate addict. But he often distorts his experiences using surreal or graphic imagery, experimental structures, and a strong satirical voice.

His early writing is often associated with the Beat Generation. Burroughs was close friends with beat authors Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, and Herbert Huncke, but Burroughs’ influence extends beyond this movement and even literature in general. His work has been influential to several subsequent counterculture literary, music and art movements.

Cut word lines
Cut music lines
Smash the control images
Smash the control machine.

from [| William Borroughs - Poetry in Revolt]


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