Reading excerpts from Circuits of the Wind accompanied by David Amram & Kevin Twigg at the Old Worthen in Lowell, Massachusetts.
I spoke with William S. Burroughs a few times in the final years of his life. I miss him, and recently I was shocked but happy to hear his voice again — it was coming out of the pages of Dostoyevsky.
Yes, I’ve been thinking of Burroughs lately, and I’ve encountered him, and I’ve been thinking about many other things that are appearing, too.
First published in GotNews as “A Vision From the Time Ghost.”
William S. Burroughs often suggested that one’s dreams are a valuable target for the writer to plunder. But what he never said, nor made explicit, was how the dreams of others might provide a writer with direction and material. And yet it happened to him: the dream of a literary character, as it occurs inside a novel of the past, appears to have given Burroughs a massive treasure cache.
The dream is Raskolnikov’s, in Crime and Punishment. And it brings William S. Burroughs to life. His whole oeuvre seems to spring from it, is outlined in the passage…
First published in Empty Mirror.