William Burroughs: born on 5 February 1914, with Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Gemini and Ascendant in Aquarius, Sun conjunct Uranus (Uranus Alien Power) and Moon conjunct Saturn (Saturn Alien Vessel), which is a climax of Aquarian energy, died 2 August 1997, Burroughs is one of the most influential non-ordinary American novelists and a major exponent of the Beat Generation literary movement. His writing style was shaped by his experiments with drugs and addiction, his connections with friends and the accidental shooting of his wife in a drunken game of ‘William Tell’ during a party. His novels include Junky, Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, Exterminator!, Queer (1985), and The Western Lands. Burroughs described his purpose in writing it as “shitting out my educated Middlewest background once and for all. It’s a matter of catharsis, where I say the most horrible things I can think of. Realize that the most horrible dirty smily awful niggardliest posture possible. . .?” He was the inventor of the cutup, a collage technique applied to prose writing in which the writer literally cuts up and recombines text, revelling new meanings and insights resulted from chaotic texts. He believed that “the only way to find out what people were really saying was to cut up their words and get at the meanings hidden inside” Burroughs was convinced that humans were so conditioned by language that even that which they believed to be physical perception was in fact a hallucination. He maintained that human speech was the result of a virus, contracted by our ancestors. Burroughs was an ardent explorer of multidimensional border zones. Rather than repress those dark areas, he expressed them through his writing. His life was an ongoing journey of liberation from our separated reali
Quotes by Burroughs:
A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.
Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman, or to an old boot for that matter. In fact, both homo – and heterosexual experimental subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot, and you can save a lot of money that way.
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
Language is a virus from outer space.
Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can’t mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.
There couldn’t be a society of people who didn’t dream. They’d be dead in two weeks.
Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?
Other celebrities born today:
Carl Spitzweg, German romanticist painter (February 5, 1808 – September 23, 1885) Ash Wednesday (see above).
John Carradine, (11.4) American actor (February 5, 1906 – November 27, 1988)
H.R. Giger, (11.10) Swiss surrealist artist, known for his design work on the film Alien, 5 February 1940
Michael Mann, (11.11) American film director, 1943, The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Insider (1999)
Charlotte Rampling, (11.12.11) British actress, 1946
Russell Grant, (11.11.7) British astrologer, 1951
Bobby Brown (born February 5, 1969), American R&B singer, songwriter, actor and dancer. Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Virgo, Ascendant Capricorn (11.6.10), Pluto Vessel.
Saints: Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr – Memorial
Gospel of Thomas: (28) Jesus said, “I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent.”
Concise Epitome: 4.5 Tacitly it took shape, circulating as an secretive tantalising Handorian query (Similmente a una burla, sommessamente prese foggia e nell’occulto principiò a circolare come vellicante quesito Handoriano).