It's hard for me to believe it's been 25 years since William S. Burroughs's Thanksgiving Prayer. Honestly, I am of the age such that it was
Nirvana's Kurt Cobain who led me to Burroughs, but after I was made aware of this man's works I was hooked, just like he was hooked on the junk.
But what amazes me is the spirit of this poem and how it is completely relevant even today. Burroughs's delivery is interesting, too, as his drawl
seems to belie the vitriol and anger he has for his subject.
So, on this Thanksgiving eve, here it is again, a quarter-century later, in all its glory. "The last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams."
oh, truly! being thankful is the best way to be! i don't want to take anything for granted ever. but being blindly thankful is hollow and i don't
think we need any more distraction from the needless horrible things that happen in this world. maybe we do but i think we got to where we are because
we have wanted to be distracted.
besides, the imagery they used of american native people in thanksgiving propaganda, especially 25 years ago, was usually pretty offensive and
i think Burroughs was perhaps using artistic license by using the notion of thanksgiving to make some of these points. he could have felt it added
but i'm truly thankful for your comment and i hope you have a wonderful holiday. i totally agree with you about the importance of taking nothing for
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