The Underground Lady [Page Twenty-Five]

About money Burroughs had this to say:

“The scion of a well-known banking family once told me a family secret.  When a certain stage of responsibility and awareness has been reached by a young banker he is taken to a room lined with family portraits in the middle of which is an ornate gilded toilet.  Here he comes every day to defecate surrounded by the family portraits until he realizes that money is shit.  And what does the money machine eat to spit it out?  It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty and above all it eats creativity.  It eats quality and spits out quantity.  There was a time when the machine ate in moderation from a plentiful larder and what it ate was replaced.  Now the machine is eating faster much faster than what it eats can be replaced.  That is why by its nature money is worth always less.  People want money to buy what the machine eats to shit money out.  The more the machine eats the less remains.  So your money buys always less.  …The machine is eating it all.  The time must come when money will buy nothing because there will be nothing left for money to buy.  Money will eliminate itself.”**

Again, this was in 1969.  Why didn’t the collapse come?  Because the money machine found more things, and more people, to devour, and in more horrifying ways.  Money went global.  Still, it’s coming.

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Antiques are better in ideas than in furniture, so long as one is aware that they are useful ephemera, and not just valuable knick knacks.

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It is important to know when someone is being sarcastic.  Strictly speaking, I am never sarcastic.

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The division between formalistic and non-formalistic occurs at the entrance to the text proper, and prior to that moment, dwells in the residual effects of social and personal phenomena.

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The Bohemian seeks to stretch all mental skills—especially the imagination and distinctive capacities—and realizes that there are many ways to accomplish this.  Two of my favorites are the systematic digestion of music and the rediscovery of something very old and very useful.

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I love music stores and libraries, and their smell.

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We are brought to an impasse.  We will stop here, momentarily.

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** William S. Burroughs in The Job (with Daniel Odier).

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