The most deadly picture is a picture of nothing at all. The colors are there, but there is no image, nothing.
Once the law starts asking questions, there's no stopping them.
I'm creating an imaginary -- it's always imaginary -- world in which I would like to live.
Death needs time for what it kills to grow in.
Danger is a biologic necessity, like dreams. if you face death, for that time, for the period of direct confrontation, you are immortal.
Exorcism is a subject that interests me, and books on shamanism, I've read through.
The photo collage is a way to travel that must be used with skill and precision if we are to arrive... The collage as a flexible hieroglyph language of juxtaposition: A collage makes a statement.
The face of evil is always the face of total need.
The face of "evil" is always the face of total need. A dope fiend is a man in total need of dope. Beyond a certain frequency need knows absolutely no limit or control. In the words of total need: "Wouldn't you?" Yes you would. You would lie, cheat, inform on your friends, steal, do anything to satisfy total need. Because you would be in a state of total sickness, total possession, and not in a position to act in any other way. Dope fiends are sick people who cannot act other than they do. A rabid dog cannot choose but bite.
Now all politicians assume a necessity of control, the more efficient the control the better.
Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.
The best way to keep something bad from happening is to see it ahead of time... and you can't see it if you refuse to face the possibility.
I think all writers write for an audience. There is no such thing as writing for yourself.
Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?
The idea that anyone can use drugs and escape a horrible fate is anathema to these idiots. I predict in the near future right-wingers will use drug hysteria as a pretext to set up an international police apparatus.
I had not taken a bath in a year nor changed my clothes or removed them except to stick a needle every hour in the fibrous grey wooden flesh of heroin addiction. I did absolutely nothing.
In this world, of Flash and Filigree nothing is true, and censure or outrage is simply irrelevant.
Revolution in America begins in books and music, then waits for political operatives to 'implement changes after the fact.'
I wouldn't be in your position" -- old saw. If there is any political move that I would advocate it would be an alliance between America and Red China, if they'd have us.
Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.
Fear of death is form of stasis horrors. The dead weight of time.
If I had my way we'd sleep every night all wrapped around each other like hibernating rattlesnakes.
An addict never stops growing. Stupider.
A consumer society is about simplfying and degrading the consumer as well as the product.
Scientology is a model control system, a state in fact with its own courts, police, rewards and penalties.
The Planet drifts to random insect doom.
People have nothing to say, but they are afraid of saying nothing, so what they do say comes out flat and vapid and meaningless. The shadow of death is on every face.
Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.
You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence.
Sexual arousal results from the repetition and impact of image.
How far would people get in physics if discovery was described as disgusting -- "Your formula is disgusting and filthy"? Not very far.
Do not proffer sympathy to the mentally ill; it is a bottomless pit. Tell them firmly, "I am not paid to listen to this drivel -- you are a terminal fool!" Otherwise, they make you as crazy as they are.
Political movements both favor alcohol and are against pot.
Addiction is a disease of exposure. Doctors and nurses, for instance, have a high addiction rate.
Thinking is not enough. Nothing is. There is no final enough of wisdom, experience -- any f...ing thing.
Thinking is not enough. Nothing is. There is no final enough of wisdom, experience--any fucking thing. No Holy Grail, No Final Satori, no final solution. Just conflict.
Some people like neat suburbs. I always am attracted to the rundown and the old and the offbeat.
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
If all pleasure is relief from tension, junk affords relief from the whole life process, in disconnecting the hypothalamus, which is the center of psychic energy and libido.
Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary.
Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer.
All political movements are basically anti-creative -- since a political movement is a form of war.
All political movements are basically anti-creative — since a political movement is a form of war. “There’s no place for impractical dreamers around here,” that’s what they always say. “Your writing activities will be directed, kindly stop horsing around.” “As for the smoking of marijuana, it is the exploitation for the workers.” Both favor alcohol and are against pot.
I am trying like Klee, to create something that will have a life of its own, that can put me in real danger, a danger which I willingly take on myself.
Biologically speaking the Afro-Asiatic block is in the ascendancy -- always remember that both Negro and White are minority groups -- the largest race is the Mongoloid group.
People in bars are always claiming to be boxers, hoping thereby to ward off attack, like a black snake will vibrate its tail in leaves and try to impersonate a rattlesnake.
The whole drug war is nothing but a pretext to increase police power and personnel, and that, of course, is dead wrong. So many created imagined drug offenses.
You do an awful lot of bad writing in order to do any good writing. Incredibly bad. I think it would be very interesting to make a collection of some of the worst writing by good writers.
Hip -- Someone who knows the score. Someone who understands "jive talk." Someone who is "with it." The expression is not subject to definition because, if you don't "dig" what it means, no one can ever tell you.
The simplest questions are the most difficult.
I awoke from The Sickness at the age of forty-five, calm and sane, and in reasonably good health except for a weakened liver and the look of borrowed flesh common to all who survive The Sickness.
I awoke from The Sickness at the age of forty-five, calm and sane, and in reasonably good health except for a weakened liver and the look of borrowed flesh common to all who survive The Sickness... When I speak of drug addiction I do not refer to keif, marijuana or any preparation of hashish, mescaline, Banisteriopsis caapi, LSD6, Sacred Mushrooms or any other drugs of the hallucinogen group... There is no evidence that the use of any hallucinogen results in physical dependence.
Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages.
All abilities are paid for with disabilities. perfect health may entail the heavy toll of bovine stupidity. insight into one area involves blind spots in another.
The only way I like to see cops given flowers is in a flower pot from a high window.
In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.
I think Judge Learned Hand was a cultured, intelligent man.
Panic is the sudden realization that everything around you is alive.
Is Control controlled by its need to control? Answer: yes.
I'm an old-fashioned person, and I don't like informers.
The purpose of technology is not to confuse the brain but to serve the body.
(1) Never give anything away for nothing.
(2) Never give more than you have to give (always catch the buyer hungry and always make him wait.)
(3) Always take everything back if you possibly can.
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.'
The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.
The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.
The line between inner and outer landscapes is breaking down. Earthquakes can result from seismic upheavals within the human mind. The whole random universe of the industrial age is breaking down into cryptic fragments.
Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
Poverty, hatred, war, police-criminals, bureaucracy, insanity, all symptoms of The Human Virus.
O death where is thy sting? The man is never on time.
The Orgasmic Death Gimmick is rather complicated. It could be called the whole birth-death cycle of action, persuading people that birth and death are realities.
First there was a young guy sitting in front of television in a T-shirt drinking beer with his mother, then there was an older fatter person sitting in front of television in a T-shirt drinking beer with his mother.
Naked Lunch was from about a thousand pages of material. A lot of it overflowed, then, into the cut-up trilogy including Nova Express.
The American uppermiddle-class citizen is a composite of negatives. He is largely delineated by what he is not.
It is more profitable to give wages than to receive them.
Death was in every sell of his body. He gave off a faint, greenish steam of decay. Lee imagined he would glow in the dark.
You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.
We can translate word and letter into color -- Arthur Rimbaud stated that in his color vowels, words quote "words" can be read in silent color.
How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity.
Most all methods of capitol punishment are designed to inflict the maximum of humiliation -- not attempts to prevent suicide.
I have learned the junk equation. Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means of increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.
I miss you so much your absence causes me, at times, accute pain. I don't mean sexually. I mean in connection with my writing.
Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside.
In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or die of boredom.
There is in fact something obscene and sinister about photography, a desire to imprison, to incorporate, a sexual intensity of pursuit.
There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.
Cheat your landlord if you can -- and must -- but do not try to shortchange the Muse.
You know a real friend?
Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone.
Death is a gimmick. It's the time-birth-death gimmick. Can't go on much longer, too many people are wising up.
Most people don't see what's going on around them. That's my principal message to writers: 'For God's sake, keep your eyes open. Notice what's going on around you.'
Many of my characters first came through to me as voices. That's why I use a tape recorder.
When you stop growing you start dying.
When you stop growing you start dying. An addict never stops growing. -- A user is a continual state of shrinking and growing in his daily cycle of shot-need for shot completed.
Victimless crimes are the lifeline of the RIGHT virus. And there is a growing recognition, even in official quarters, that victimless crimes should be removed from the books or subject to minimal penalties.
When you get to be my age there are more and more people you have known that you miss. Brion Gysin, Antony Balch, Ian Summerville are ones I think of right away I was quite close to.
Shooting is my principal pastime.
How long does it take man to realize that he cannot want what he wants? You have to live in hell to see heaven.
Life is a vacation from two eternities.
Tangier is one of the few places left in the world where, so long as you don't proceed to robbery, violence, or some form of crude, antisocial behavior, you can do exactly what you want.
Cats didn't start as mousers. Weasels and snakes and dogs are more efficient as rodent-control agents. I postulate that cats started as psychic companions, as Familiars, and have never deviated from this function.
The Nova Mob doesn't have motives, as we understand motives. "Sex is profoundly distasteful to a being of my mineral origin," as a leader of the Nova Mob, Mr. Bradley-Mr. Martin, said on one occasion.
That old feeling is still in my leaking heart.
Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.
I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves.
Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.
Communication must become total and conscious before we can stop it.
Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.
The broken image of Man moves in minute by minute and cell by cell.... Poverty, hatred, war, police-criminals, bureaucracy, insanity, all symptoms of The Human Virus.
There's a boy across the river with an ass like a peach; alas I was no swimmer and lost my Clementine.
Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.
When I become death. Death is the seed from which I grow.
Life is a cutup. And to pretend that you write or paint in a timeless vacuum is just simply ... not ... true, not in accord with the facts of human perception.
Truth is used to vitalize a statement rather than devitalize it. Truth implies more than a simple statement of fact. "I don't have any whiskey," may be a fact but it is not a truth.
Ever notice how many expressions carry over from queers to con men? Like 'raise,' letting someone know you are in the same line?
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change.
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
The more absolute the need, the more predictable the behavior becomes until it is mathematically certain.
There are no innocent bystanders.
There are no innocent bystanders. What were they doing there in the first place?
Paranoia is just having the right information.
The purpose of my writing is to expose and arrest Nova Criminals.
Faced by the actual practice of freedom, the French and American revolutions would be forced to stand by their words.
If everyone is to be made responsible for everything they do, you must extend responsibility beyond the level of conscious intention.
I've listened to and know Allen Ginsberg music and met him a couple of times, but I don't have any strong statements to make.
I began to get a feeling ... of being the only sane man in a nut house. It doesn't make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is nobody you can contact.
Always remember, there's no point trying to be faithful to the book because film and writing are just two completely different things. Any film stands on its own, apart from whether it's based on a novel.
I like the idea of generalizing the narcotic thing by making it black meat addiction.
There isn't a feeling you can get on drugs that you can't get without drugs.
The only possible ethic is to do what one wants to do.
As one judge said to another judge: be just. And if you can't be just, be arbitrary.
The world network of junkies, tuned on a cord of rancid jissom, tying up in furnished rooms, shivering in the junk-sick morning.
It is to be remembered that the origin of all the arts-music, painting and writing-is magical and evocative; and that magic is always used to obtain some definite result.
It is to be remembered that all art is magical in origin - music, sculpture, writing, painting - and by magical I mean intended to produce very definite results. Paintings were originally formulae to make what is painted happen. Art is not an end in itself, any more than Einstein's matter-into-energy formulae is an end in itself. Like all formulae, art was originally FUNCTIONAL, intended to make things happen, the way an atom bomb happens from Einstein's formulae.
If, after spending time with a person, you feel as though you've lost a quart of plasma, avoid that person in the future.
I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.
In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.
In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen. The dogma of science is that the will cannot possibly affect external forces, and I think that’s just ridiculous. It’s as bad as the church. My viewpoint is the exact contrary of the scientific viewpoint. I believe that if you run into somebody in the street it’s for a reason.
Cat hate reflects an ugly, stupid, loutish, bigoted spirit. There can be no compromise with this Ugly Spirit.
I see no reason why the artistic world can't absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move in that direction. Why can't we have advertisements with beautiful words and beautiful images?
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
I don't have any politics. I feel that as soon as politics arises, things are already in a hopeless state of deterioration.
America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.
Whether you like it or not, you are committed to the human endeavor. I cannot ally myself with such a purely negative goal as avoidance of suffering. Suffering is a chance you take by the fact of being alive.
The boy looks into Mugwump eyes blank as obsidian mirrors, pools of black blood, glory holes in a toilet wall closing on the Last Erection.