Tom the Priest’s Prediction


“Narcotics have been systematically scapegoated and demonized. The idea that anyone can use drugs and escape a horrible fate is an anathema to these idiots. I predict in the near future right-wingers will use drug hysteria as a pretext to set up an international police apparatus. I’m an old man and I may not live to see a solution to the drug problem.”

Line from Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant, 1989)

 
 

William S. Burroughs (as Tom the Priest) and Matt Dillon (as Bob Hughes) in Van Sant’s breakthrough picture Drugstore Cowboy, based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle.

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2 thoughts on “Tom the Priest’s Prediction

  1. I love that movie. Of course, I doubt there is a movie with Old Bull Lee that I wouldn’t love. Burroughs has transcended personhood in my estimation and at some point he became an angelic power. Or demonic. Of course, as Burroughs would point out, the difference is not always clear.

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