The Philosophy of William S. Burroughs

Artwork by Christiaan Tonnis

“Write about what you know. More writers fail because they try to write about things they don’t know than for any other one reason. I do not know whether you have ever seen a mirage. I feel reasonably certain that you have never seen a man die from seeing one.” (Adding Machine, pg. 228)

The advice entails that a writer is guided by the natural compositions of his surroundings. It also gives us a clue into the reason of why many writers fail to develop. It is typical of an aspiring writer to create a universe roaming beyond his experiences. The message is an invocation to the termination of these desires, and a call to a more pragmatic approach.

Absurd journalist and essayist from the outskirts of Shambhala.

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