William Burroughs
[Writer, b. 1914, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1997, Lawrence, Kansas.]

 Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it “creative observation.” Creative viewing. 
 There is in fact something obscene and sinister about photography, a desire to imprison, to incorporate, a sexual intensity of pursuit. 
 I had a vibrating camera gun sewed into my fly, a small tape recorder and a transistor radio concealed in a clay pot — I took a plane to Merida… 
 Cut word lines — Cut music lines — Smash the control images — Smash the control machine — 
 Sexual arousal results from the repetition and impact of image. 
 Calling partisans of all nations—Cut word lines—Shift linguals—Vibrate tourists—Free doorways—Word falling—Photo falling—Break through in Grey Room. (A “message of total resistance,” 1966) 
 The image disintegrated in photo flash of total recognition — other image on screen — Hold in sight — smell of burning metal in his head — 
 This simple operation—making recordings and taking pictures of some location you wish to discommode or destroy… will result in accidents, fires, removals. 
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