William S. Burroughs

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William Seward Burroughs II (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. One of the central figures of the beat generation.

  • "Yes. I've taken LSD, psilocybin, mescaline. My experiences with yage were" -- he thinks of the South American medicine-man drug mixture that caused him to puke violently, suffer seizures, and almost die -- "mixed, but on the whole, good."