Inspirational Lectures by William S. Burroughs

Most of the listeners know about my interest in William S. Burroughs. I have mentioned some of his recorded lectures from time to time on the show. Burroughs was a pioneer in  thought as well as writing. I used to joke with my late friend Mac Tonnies that we had listened to more Burroughs than we had read. If you can’t get though one of his classic novels, one of Burroughs’ lectures is just as good.

Paranormal Voices,” posted at archive.org, has nothing to do with UFOs, although it does inform my opinions on the paranormal in general. The talk ranges from the cut-up method that Burroughs used in his writing, to recordings of pioneering EVP researcher Constantin Raudive, cut-up audio tapes and the fevered ramblings of the dying gangster Dutch Schultz.

The lecture called “Technology and the Ethics of Wishing” is probably one of the most inspiring talks I have ever heard. The description says “discussion includes rules for wishing, the dogma of science, L. Ron Hubbard, The Big Lie, and sympathetic magic.” That should be enough to get most listeners to download this historic discourse. Perhaps some of you can listen to the talks and we’ll discuss them on the show.

Listening to his voice and thoughts has a strange effect that causes me to think in new ways. It may liberate and refresh your neural pathways too.

Peter Robbins has been rescheduled for this Sunday (5/6.) Please join us then.

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6 comments on “Inspirational Lectures by William S. Burroughs

  1. Pete on said:

    There’s one fascinating man. I had some dealings in the late 90′s with a tribute album to him in London, the people who organised it were Burroughs fanatics/obsessives who knew one of Burroughs Tangiers period cohorts [ Brian Gysin ], they if I’m not mistaken now manage the Master Musicians of JouJouka who themselves were connected in the 60′s to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. There’s got to be so many periods of Burrough’s life that are interesting but the North African era with it’s mystical connections has got to be one high point. Looking forward to listening to this Burroughs recording, thank you.

  2. drew hempel on said:

    Greg — what’s your take on Douglas Dietrich? Maybe you could interview him on Roswell — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlQncFBvsQ0&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VPJajJSArE&feature=player_embedded

    Amazing info. He’s got his own website….

  3. steve on said:

    Thank you for hip’n me to these lectures. I’ve been a big fan of WSB for a long time. I actually got to meet him right before he died when I was going to college in Lawrence, KS. Great stuff, Greg!!!

    PS — Do you ever plan on speaking in LA? I would love to see you do your thing live.

    • Greg on said:

      I might speak if someone sets it up. Currently I’m only scheduled to speak to fifth graders about Weird California, my 2006 book. It’s turned into an annual thing and one student hat saw me speak 4 years ago is preparing to take up writing as a career. Good stuff.

  4. James on said:

    Thanks for posting these. Have been a fan of Burroughs for some time and have obtained several lesser known documentaries and whatnot, but for some reason never thought to look for any audio lectures. There is indeed something about his manner of speaking that has a unique effect on the listener.

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