Happy Thanksgiving 2013

November 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

History can be a dangerous thing, for two reasons: 1) because it is often the victors and/or dominant sectors of society who write official history, it is subject to the usual distortions and falsifications, and 2) because once you begin to study it seriously, you might actually learn something. So here is a history lesson to go with your turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, all true (except for Burroughs’ fanciful “laboratory-developed AIDS,” which, as far as we know, seems to have originated in present-day Cameroon a century ago, spread partly as a result of European colonial adventurism). Oh, and don’t talk politics at the table, it’s not polite.

Thanksgiving Prayer

For John Dillinger
In hope he is still alive
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1986

Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts
-thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison
-thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger
-thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin, leaving the carcasses to rot
-thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes
-thanks for the American Dream, to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through
-thanks for the KKK, for nigger-killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces
-thanks for “Kill a Queer for Christ” stickers
-thanks for laboratory AIDS
-thanks for Prohibition and the War Against Drugs
-thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business
-thanks for a nation of finks — yes,
-thanks for all the memories (all right, lets see your arms, you always were a headache and you always were a bore)
-thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams.

— William S. Burroughs

American Holocaust: The Destruction of America’s Native Peoples
David Stannard, professor and chair of the American Studies Department at the University of Hawaii


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§ One Response to Happy Thanksgiving 2013

  • one can have a world view that is weighted down by heavy cynicism and depression and be part of a group of writers who write to alleviate the pain, and maybe anguish, in their lives. even though, of course, there is quantifiable truth in WB’s writings, his basic truth reflects deep, deep, unwillingness to see beyond a very narrow perspective.

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