26.9.10

J. G. Ballard on William S. Burroughs

British novelist on 'upper-class Midwesterner' Burroughs
William S. Burroughs
Biblioklept quotes an 1984 interview with British novelist J. G. Ballard, where he relates his admiration for Beat writer William S. Burroughs: 'I have met Burroughs quite a few times over the last fifteen years, and he always strikes me as an upper-class Midwesterner, with an inherent superior attitude towards blacks, policemen, doctors, and small-town politicians, the same superior attitude that Swift had to their equivalents in his own day, the same scatological obsessions and brooding contempt for middle-class values, thrift, hard work, parenthood, et cetera, which are just excuses for petit-bourgeois greed and exploitation. But I admire Burroughs more than any other living writer, and most of those who are dead.' [Read more]

Source: 'JG Ballard on William Burroughs', Biblioklept, 25 September 2010

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