William S Burroughs on Thanksgiving….

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From his poem, “A Thanksgiving Prayer”… Be sure to read on to my comments following his poem.

“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 carcass 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, let’s 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.”

I don’t know what the hell was going on over at ol’ Bill’s house but that sounds nothing like Thanksgiving when I was growing up. We just ate turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. All the best to you and your family.

Thanks for helping to make this a great year.

— John

PS – What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Tell me in a comment below.


  • Greg Borjas says:

    Thanksgiving for us has always been family getting together and enjoying time together… And like most American families, mine are also guilty of only seeing each other a few times per year. Hopefully I can instill a great sense of family in all 3 of my sons. Hope your holiday was excellent!

  • Mark Hansen says:

    John, thanks for the encouragement. I am interested in what Thanksgiving means to Americans. Can you enlighten me more on what it feels like to be there for Thanksgiving?


    • John Oszajca says:

      Kind of like Christmas in terms of there being that all encompassing energy floating about. Everyone is traveling to see friends and family, hosting get togethers, etc. At the core is the reminder to appreciate the people and things that you’re thankful for. And then everyone eats a gut-splitting amount of food.

  • Mark Hansen says:

    I agree that watching little kids do their stuff is wonderful. They can find the joy in life so easily. It’s hard for me to appreciate sarcasm at the moment John. It’s been a tough year in the music business for me and I’m trying to be more like a little kid and enjoy the moments rather than a responsible and sometimes cynical adult. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here is Australia but I like the idea of it. Taking stock of your life and being thankful for what you have. I think I will start doing each year that from now on.

    • John Oszajca says:

      I hear you Mark. Thanksgiving is a big deal over hear, as you are no doubt aware. It’s a good thing. I posted the poem because I thought it was ridiculous, and as you mentioned cynical as can be. As I mentioned… “I don’t know what the hell was going on over at ol’ Bill’s house but that sounds nothing like Thanksgiving when I was growing up. We just ate turkey.”

      Hope things in the music business pick up for you. We’ve all been there.

      All the best.

  • Jacob Cremer says:

    I was born into this world . . . I’m sorry it’s terrible?

    So today we sat down at the table and the mother of the feast said “so should we do like those families do and go around the table saying what we are thankful for?” There were grumbles and nos…. Her response was, “OK. Good.”

    Then I went to the Indian casino and won $300. Am I thankful? Well, not to reinforce ridiculous stereotypes or anything, but I’m sure I’ll give it back next time…

  • Michael says:

    Hey John…

    Actually, now that I’ve eaten,watched football and am half-asleep, I’m alternating between working on my music site and programming some tracks for some new material. But honestly, hanging out with my little son as he was just blown away by the snow and stomping through it was the highlight of my day. Hope you had a great holiday…


  • Mark Hansen says:

    Yes it is easy to be cynical and angry about the bad things people can do to each other. But it is more healthy and enlightened to simply enjoy the bounty of what’s in front of you. I think the challenge of this modern info-overload life is to filter out the bad and see the good. There is plenty of bad but also plenty of good. I’m going to have a swim in the beautiful ocean nearby here in Sydney. It’s always there to greet me and soothe me regardless of what crap people have done that day. Then I’ll eat some simple delicious food and enjoy some warm sunshine. Life doesn’t get much better than that. All those people out there fighting and hating each other – go and spend time loving something instead.

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