In the everlasting quest for yet ever more radical ideas about society, individualism, religion…and such, I’ve stumbled with a little piece of genius from William S. Burroughs.

This is from a letter Burroughs wrote to Allen Ginsberg in 1948. Burroughs wonders if Ginsberg has resumed “analysis“(Freudian?) and then briefly announces his first and last factualism formal statement:

All arguments, all nonsensical considerations as to what people “should do”, are irrelevant. Ultimately there is only fact on all levels, and the more one argues, verbalizes, moralizes the less he will see and feel of fact. Needless to say, I will not write any formal statement on the subject.

Talk is incompatible with factualism.

Want more?
Read “The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1945-1959
(Oliver Harris, Penguin Books ISBN 0 14 00.9452 0)

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