A Visit From the Time Ghost

the time ghost

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.”

The Great Writing Caper

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.

The Alt-Right Is Woke

We didn’t know what to expect. Between the eight us there were only two bul­let­proof vests. And we all had our girls to worry about. As Loren Feld­man the film­maker said, they were “uncon­trol­lable” and insisted that they remain in the thick of it. One of them’s preg­nant. So a hand­ful of us drove out to a mall in sub­ur­ban Cleve­land to pre­pare. We took a green Kia Soul that, for the week of the 2016 Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion at least, was an alt-right Pepe mobile, fat-lipped grin on the front grille made from two strips of wide, rose-colored rub­ber. Not every­one knew their memes; you either got it and smiled or you just didn’t see.

First pub­lished in Got­News.