William Burroughs — visionary writer, counterculture icon, questionable giver of advice. Watch Burroughs read a section of his famous advice for the young. It’s funny, it’s strange, it’s inscrutable, it’s offensive — it’s Burroughs.
–“If you’re doing business with a religious son of a bitch, get it in writing. His word isn’t worth shit, not with the good Lord telling him how to f*** you on the deal.”
–“In order to feel something, you have to be there. You have to be 18.”
–“Any old soul is worth saving at least to a priest, but not every soul is worth buying.”
The clip is an exceprt from the 1991 documentary William Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers that features interviews with the writer and many more clips of him reading his work. Audio of the complete “Words of Advice for Young People” is available on Amazon.
via Dangerous Minds