Daniel Odier The Job - Interview with William Burroughs
Daniel Odier The Job - Interview with William Burroughs

Daniel Odier The Job - Interview with William Burroughs

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Composed of various interviews conducted throughout the 1960s, The Job is Burroughs at his finest, condemning "the American nightmare" and articulating many of the ideas present in his novels. 

Also features Burroughs' reflections on writing, with gems such as the quote below:

"Odier: Do you need the reader?"

Burroughs: A novelist is essentially engaged in creating character. He needs the reader in that he hopes that some of his readers will turn into his characters. He needs them as vessels, on which he writes. The question frequently asked of a writer is: "Would you write if you were on a desert island and no-one would ever read it?"

I would say certainly, yes, I would write, in order to create characters. My characters are quite as real to me as so-called real people; which is one reason why I'm not subject to what is known as loneliness. I have plenty of company."