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William Burroughs
American novelist
(1914-97)



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Kick is seeing things from a special angle. Kick is momentary freedom from the claims of the ageing, cautious, nagging, frightened flesh.
-- Junkie (1953), ch. 15. Originally published under the pseudonym William Lee.

Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.
-- The Naked Lunch (1959), introduction

The face of 'evil' is always the face of total need.
-- The Naked Lunch (1959), introduction

America is a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.
-- The Naked Lunch (1959)

Writers live the sad truth just like everyone else. The only difference is, they file reports.
-- The Naked Lunch (1959)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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