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Last Words: The Final Journals Last Words: The Final Journals by William S. Burroughs
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“You know a real friend?
Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“Too perfect to be sexually attractive.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“Hemingway said:
'It don't come anymore.'
So where did it go?”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“Wouldn't it be great,as Scott Peck suggests, if all medical students had to undergo the symptoms and feeling of a spectrum of illnesses. From acute infections to terminal cancer - and Kuru, the laughing sickness. Just a month for each exposure, controlled of course, and a good heavy dose of excruciating pain. So they'll know what that feels like.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“They say only love can create, so who the fuck could love up a centipede? He's got more love in him than I got.
Now, killing a centipede makes me feel safer - like, one less.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“If the soft machine works, don't fix it. If it works, don't fix it.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“The unworthies in power feel danger, like cows uneasily pawing the ground with a great "Moo.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“After the shot he collapsed on the bed and lay there inert, but something was stirring in his spine from neck to the tail - and now pieces tore loose in the eggs and then a red, glistening head emerges in reeking yellow slime - and then the whole centipede crawling out quick.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“(A boat in lake.) I was afraid it would turn over at high speed.
Dreams less and less interesting.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“I'm an old-fashioned person, and I don't like informers.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“I was asked: “Why did you stop writing?” I would not know any more than I would know why I started writing. Try not to be as obtuse as you are.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“Gilbert and George said: “But don’t you see? That’s how Bacon is. He is absolutely right to behave as he wants.” Not as he wants. As he has to behave. An artist must be open to the muse. The greater the artist, the more he is open to “cosmic currents.” He has to behave as he does. If he has “the courage to be an artist,” he is committed to behave as the mood possesses him. “That’s the man who booed Princess Margaret!” —the peasantry shrink back from his sulfurous glow.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“Here I sit with my three old cats, getting closer to eternity all the time, on a twine chair—(Van Gogh) and me too—and it gets very depressing. What can I do? I had high hopes. We all did. Remember just outside the Tangier Consulate: “Have you met the Skipper yet?” Later I did. And now no skipping, no transport anywhere, except to a cut-rate mortuary. Where were you when I wasn’t there? “Hound of Hell!!” screamed the Pop Star, and kicked the fink dog in the nuts. “Only decent thing I done.” “Forget the whole thing. I have.” Great gasp at this point. How much time? have I left? Not much it seems.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
“Perhaps why I am so uniquely terrible is simply that I represent total Dissent. Total Dissent. T.D. 19 + 4 = 23.”
William S. Burroughs, Last Words: The Final Journals
tags: 19, 23, 4, dissent