Resurrecting Burroughs from poo

It’s a distopian sci-fi nightmare scenario: you die, some people weep, they put you in the earth, you get to grips with what dreams may come when we shuffle off this mortal coil, the whole kit and caboodle.

And then some one finds a piece of your poo he’d in a moment of madness thought to preserve for posterity, and they bring you back.

And it’s The Future now. They’ve got like spoon-bending trees and fudge that gives you nightmares.

And the things you were good at in your own day and don’t count any more (I’m assuming you were good at something else why would anyone bother to resurrect you?). It’s like that film, what’s it called, where Sherlock Holmes pitches up in the modern ear (lateish ’80s) and he can’t do deduction any more because he doesn’t know what little league baseball is. Someone tell me what in hell it’s called.

And someone’s going to do this to William Burroughs. Here’s how, and I quote:

1: Take a glob of William S. Burroughs’ preserved shit
2: Isolate the DNA with a kit
3: Make, many, many copies of the DNA we extract
4: Soak the DNA in gold dust
5: Load the DNA dust into a genegun (a modified air pistol)
6: Fire the DNA dust into a mix of fresh sperm, blood and shit
7: Call the genetically modified mix of blood, shit, and sperm a living bioart, a new media paint, a living cut-up literary device and/or a mutant sculpture.

Try for a moment to put aside the fact you’ve just been instructed to “Soak the DNA in gold dust.” This is the future after all: that stuff’s a night at the bowling alley round here.

Actually I’m not sure how to finish this. Let’s ponder whether we want a new Burroughs. They guy wrote a few books, but the majority were incomprehensible. Some of them weren’t, but he did shoot his wife in the face, while pissed up and trying to play William Tell, and dabbled with Scientology before debunking (most of) it as full of fascists and paados.

At the end of his life he shot Shakespeare. Look:

And as well as the books that are readable, he made this quite nice film

and that quite good record with Kurt Cobain

~ by David Thorley on February 25, 2011.

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