Words of Advice from William S. Burroughs

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WSB haunts the entirety of counter-cultural curation like the grey eminence he was often portrayed as, but, it’s important to note that Burroughs rarely portrayed himself this way.

I thought I’d seen every Burroughs documentary, but this one was news to me.

Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On the Road is  a 1983 documentary that finds the Beat Generation icon touring Scandinavia, signing books and giving readings of works like The Place of Dead Roads in his inimical, laconic snarl. Along the way, he waxes philosophical about cats, Hiroshima, Brion Gysin and the illusion of duality. He’s polite and hilarious throughout.

Here Burroughs bemoans the high cost of death in ancient Egypt:

Watch the full movie at the Snag Films website.

Stay Awake!

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13 Responses to Words of Advice from William S. Burroughs

  1. BuzzCoastin May 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    funny thing
    I decided to read Disinfo without bothering to scale the Great Firewall of China
    (it has long amused me that Disinfo.com is not blocked in China)
    but both clips are blocked
    YouTube is always blocked, but there’s a note at Snag Films’ site
    that
    “Sorry, we have not been given the rights to stream this film in your area.”

    • Gavin May 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      I receive the same message in South Korea.

    • Joe Nolan May 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      What finds u in China? Thanks for reading!

      • BuzzCoastin May 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

        China was an accident pit stop on my travels
        that has lasted longer than I ever thought
        and which will hopefully be a found memory in a few months

        • Joe Nolan May 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

          Quite the pit stop . SFe travels!a

          • Joe Nolan May 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

            Safe travels :)

    • Spasmodius June 30, 2013 at 4:38 am #

      Same in Britain alas…could be US only

  2. DrDavidKelly May 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Advice to WB … improve your aim.

  3. Joe Nolan May 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I’ve messaged disinfo about the bum video link. Thanks for all the comments

    • Joe Nolan May 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Thanks for fixing the link, Matt!

  4. Simon Valentine May 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    sounds like PTCD
    post traumatic christianity disorder
    “so much as look and i swear i’ll…”

  5. Calypso_1 May 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Dear Andrew:
    Yet?

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