"The function of the artist is to evoke the experience of surprised recognition: to show the viewer what he knows but does not know that he knows."

-William S. Burroughs

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Holland ‘67

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"There couldn’t be a society of people who didn’t dream. They’d be dead in two weeks."
-William S. Burroughs


William S. Burroughs - Is Everybody In?

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1994 “Lucky Man” (Burroughs)

"A girl asked me if she could comb my hair. Nobody can comb my hair, I can’t even comb my hair." - Jimi Hendrix

Twiggy, 1966

"Look down LOOK DOWN along that junk road before you travel there and get in with the Wrong Mob….
A word to the wise guy."

- William S. Burroughs, from Naked Lunch


In one routine, Bowie wore a see-through black fishnet body suit (designed by him and Freddie Buretti) adorned with two gold-painted mannequin’s hands attached to his chest. A third hand affixed to the crotch had been scuttled after a battle royal with the NBC film crew, who insisted that Bowie cover up his black jockstrap with gold semi-leggings. The two cupped hands formed a bizarre brassiere that made it seem as if Bowie had sprouted breasts. Yet given women’s swerve away from nail lacquer since the mid-1960s, the hands’ black varnished nails (a nihilist colour not yet in the female arsenal) also suggested a man in drag: it was as if Bowie were being sexually pawed and clawed from behind by a raging queen in heat. 
Or was he split in gender and acrobatically embracing himself? - a trick (imitated by Bowie on tour) often employed in burlesque by strippers turning their backs to the audience. Furthermore, it seemed as if his body were being played like a piano - not unlike the way Man Ray turned the body of Kiki de Montparnasse into a sensuous violin. The eye was titillated and confounded by an optical illusion: which of the multiple hands, including that on Bowie’s glitter-sheathed right arm, were the real ones? 

- Camille Paglia, Theatre of Gender: David Bowie at the Climax of the Sexual Revolution (David Bowie Is)

Lou Reed photographed by Michael Putland, 12th January 1972.

Self-portrait, 1985
Allen Ginsberg