Burroughs Month: Shit-spotting


Senator Joseph McCarthy (R – Wisconsin), 1954, via America’s Library.

Most of the trouble in the 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. Now your virus is an obligate cellular parasite and my contention is that evil is quite literally a virus parasite occupying a certain brain area which we may term the “right” center.


This American media personality now has his own for-profit university.

The mark of a basic shit is that he has to be right. And right here we must make a distinction between the hard-core virus-occupied shit and a plain, ordinary, mean no-good son of a bitch. Some of these sons of bitches don’t cause any trouble at all, just want to be left alone and are only dangerous when molested, like the Brown Recluse.

(Burroughs, William S. “My Own Business.” The Adding Machine: Selected Essays. New York: Seaver Books (1985). p. 16.

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