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William S. Burroughs

William Seward Burroughs II (/?b?ro?z/ BURR-ohz; also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, short story writer, satirist, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author who wrote in the paranoid fiction genre, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century". His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.

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In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.

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I see no reason why the artistic world can't absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move ...

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I see no reason why the artistic world can't absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move ...

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I wasn't exposed to art as I was growing up, and can't recall the first time I saw a work of art. Ho ...

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I wasn't exposed to art as I was growing up, and can't recall the first time I saw a work of art. Ho ...

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Changes... can only be effected by alterations in the original. The only thing not prerecorded in a ...

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Changes... can only be effected by alterations in the original. The only thing not prerecorded in a ...

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Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

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No one owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.

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It is indeed difficult to make a living as a writer, and my advice to anyone contemplating a literar ...

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Writers, like elephants, have long, vicious memories. There are things I wish I could forget.

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If after having been exposed to someone's presence you feel as if you've lost a quart of plasma, avo ...

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I think Judge Learned Hand was a cultured, intelligent man.

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You need a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere.

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We should exterminate all rational thought.

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