William S. Burroughs

Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage. 

What is the most characteristic thing about the person?

More characteristic than his fingerprints even is his voice.

Everybody has a different voice.

This is a very mysterious thing, and I don’t pretend to understand it.

I’ve been working on a sort of field theory of words for years, and I sill haven’t derived very definite conclusions, but there are some working observations.

I have theorized that the beginning of the word might have been a virus that made it possible……. a virus of biological mutation, which means a virus which causes occasions, biological alterations in those who survive, and these mutations are genetically conveyed.