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William S. Burroughs on a Bellicose Universe

"The War Universe", taped conversation, first published in Grand Street, no. 37 (1991).

This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games. All games are basically hostile. Winners and losers. We see them all around us: the winners and the losers. The losers can oftentimes become winners, and the winners can very easily become losers.