William S. Burroughs

The other day I thought of Burroughs as a rogue blue-blood who transformed the ruling class’s techniques for manipulating public perception into surrealist performance art. His peculiar, DIY form of magick – cutting up, rearranging and splicing reality – was typically reserved for large institutions, like TV networks and newspapers, whose montages shaped public perception and controlled consensus reality. Just as magick is a rebellion against an institutional monopoly on spirituality, so Burroughs’ magical techniques are a rebellion against the institutional monopoly on consensus reality.


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