This thread was a long and interesting read. The first thing I have to ask: Was Keeki doing cut ups with her posts? Just kidding.
I can't say that I agree with this idea that "everybody is the same" - technically this is true but even then we’re all somewhat different from each other. And icons like Burroughs are certainly one in a million if not many million. But you can still respect their work and be inspired, rather than lose yourself hero worship.
Raw Poetic Brutality or New Poetic Imagery? I'd say both.
Cut ups. Let's not forget the Dadaist Tristan Tzara who tore up his poems and then pulled them randomly from a hat and read the new arrangement. I found this on the web.
Proclamation without Pretension - Tristan Tzara
Art is going to sleep for a new world to be born
"ART"-parrot word-replaced by DADA,
PLESIOSAURUS, or handkerchief
The talent THAT CAN BE LEARNED makes the
poet a druggist TODAY the criticism
of balances no longer challenges with resemblances
Hypertrophic painters hyperaes-
theticized and hypnotized by the hyacinths
of the hypocritical-looking muezzins
CONSOLIDATE THE HARVEST OF EX-
Hypodrome of immortal guarantees: there is
no such thing as importance there is no transparence
MUSICIANS SMASH YOUR INSTRUMENTS
BLIND MEN take the stage
THE SYRINGE is only for my understanding. I write because it is
natural exactly the way I piss the way I'm sick
ART NEEDS AN OPERATION
Art is a PRETENSION warmed by the
TIMIDITY of the urinary basin, the hysteria born
in THE STUDIO
We are in search of
the force that is direct pure sober
UNIQUE we are in search of NOTHING
we affirm the VITALITY of every IN-
the anti-philosophy of spontaneous acrobatics
At this moment I hate the man who whispers
before the intermission-eau de cologne-
sour theatre. THE JOYOUS WIND
If each man says the opposite it is because he is
Get ready for the action of the geyser of our blood
-submarine formation of transchromatic aero-
planes, cellular metals numbered in
the flight of images
above the rules of the
and its control
It is not for the sawed-off imps
who still worship their navel
Earlier on this thread politics was mentioned. I believe Burroughs was with the left on many issues but also with the right on others. He said somewhere that the only party that really made sense was the libertarian. Here is the best thing I've read about the Katrina disaster, and yep, it's from a libertarian.
THE US GOVERNMENT DID NOT FAIL ITS MISSION IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE
Analysis by G. Edward Griffin
September 16, 2005
There has been widespread criticism of the response of US officials to
Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. The tone of these complaints
is that the authorities failed to do their job quickly enough. Some
commentators have said this is a racial issue, claiming that the
government would have acted more promptly if the majority of victims had been
white instead of black. Others have said it was an issue of the rich against
the poor, the oil companies against the consumers, the land developers and
contractors seeking to force people out of the city so they can rebuild without interference at taxpayers' expense. Democrats have said the problem is that Republicans were in control, and Republicans are indifferent to the plight of the common man.
In news coverage of this tragedy, the most significant events often were buried beneath a blanket of heart-wrenching stories of personal survival, scenes of awesome destruction, reports of looting, and interviews with experts. However, the key to understanding can be found in the following list of news headlines, most of which did not make it into mainstream coverage. These reports make it clear that the government did not fail to respond in a timely fashion. The problem was that it did respond - but in such a way as to actually hinder rescue operations. There were too many instances for this to be merely a mistake or a bureaucratic snafu. There is a clear pattern here that cannot be denied. Why this should be so will be discussed in a moment, but first, here is the amazing record.
FEMA tells first responders not to respond until told to do so.
FEMA News 2005 Aug 29
FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations.
FEMA News 2005 Aug 29
Offer of helicopters for rescue work is rejected.
Narcosphere 2005 Sept 1
FEMA blocks 500 Florida airboat pilots from rescue work.
Sun Sentinel 2005 Sept 2
FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck.
Chicago Tribune 2005 Sept 2
FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans.
Tri Valley Central 2005 Sept 2
FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid.
Daily Kos 2005 Sept 3
Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food.
Post Gazette 2005 Sept 3
FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital onboard.
Chicago Tribune 2005 Sept 4
FEMA cuts local emergency communications phone lines.
Meet the Press 2005 Sept 4
FEMA turns away experienced firefighters.
Daily Kos 2005 Sept 5
FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks.
NY Times 2005 Sept 5
FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel.
NY Times 2005 Sept 5
Navy pilots who rescued victims are reprimanded.
NY Times 2005 Sept 7
US government turns back German plane with 15 tons of aid.
Star Tribune 2005 Sept 10
FEMA declines volunteer firemen for rescue operations. Uses them to
distribute public relations pamphlets.
Salt Lake Tribune 2005 Sept 12
Click below to read the articles (Use Internet Explorer)
So what is going on here? Were agents of the federal government trying
to kill American citizens? Were they trying to obtain the maximum death
toll and the highest level of human suffering? It would seem that way at
first, but I would like to suggest that this incredible behavior stems from
something else - something equally unsettling.
The primary job of the military, FEMA, and Homeland Security is not to
protect the American people in times of emergency but to protect the government in times of emergency and keep it functioning. Their primary
assignment is, not to rescue people, but to control them. Their directive is
to relocate families and businesses, confiscate property, commandeer
goods, direct labor and services, and establish martial law. The reason FEMA
and Homeland security failed to carry out an effective rescue operation is
that this was not their primary mission, and the reason they blocked others
from doing so is that any operations not controlled by the central
authority are contrary to their directives. Their objective was to bring the entire area under the control of the federal government - and this they succeeded in doing very well. They did not fail in New Orleans. They were a huge success. Once this simple fact is understood, everything that happened in the wake of Katrina becomes understandable and logical.
If there are new terrorist attacks against the United States or Great
Britain (or any other country), what we witnessed in New Orleans may
have been a glimpse into the future of what was once a civilized world.