Sunday, 9 March 2014

William S. Burroughs on Dreams

Excerpts from a lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discource, recored at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics on August 11, 1980. The complete 90 minute sound file can  be downloaded here.
(Other topics discussed include nuclear weapons, disarmament, aliens, function of the artist, writing, cut-up method, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, and economics.)

Timelapse photography by Martin Setvak
Selected clips are from the2008 and 2007 galleries.Music by Biosphere ( 'As the Sun kissed the Horizon' and ' Poa Alpina' from 'Substrata,' Origo Sound 1997).

Beautiful day over here, not sure what to do watch a game of Rugby Wales Verses England (wonder if you can guess who I will be supporting) or go outside spend sometime in the garden. Either way I will keep on dreaming.


  1. After so many years I believe the Beat writers are still fascinating. I was charmed by them for years when I was around 18-20. Found quite difficult to read Borroughs because of course the translation in Italian altered completely the style. But I read maybe 5 times "On the road" by Kerouac and introduced him to all my friends.
    Beautiful and mild weather down here too, after so much rain and rain this winter. But now we go with plenty of sunshine and tourists arriving to save our economy!!
    Franca panizza

  2. Yes, things do get lost in translation, on Saturday I read a poem by a Welsh poet called Menna Elfyn yn Cymraeg for International Womens Day at my new community Bookshop, but the translation, not written by her seemed to be completely different to the original meaning. I have read On the Road several times too, but alas have no passport at the moment,but the dreams are forever mapped out. And yes I am always grateful when spring arrives, from the earth old buds become alive again, the winter of discontent may be over, butour journeys and struggles carry on. Regards.