A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature.This audio is part of the collection Naropa Poetics Audio Archives. It also belongs to collection: Audio Books and Poetry, www.archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetryArtist/Composer:Burroughs, William S.;Ginsberg, Allen.Date 1980-08-11. Label / Recorded by: Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Creative Commons license: Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd-nc/1.0/www.archive.org/details/naropa This documentation has been presented under the stipulations of its Creative Commons license as part of the Performance Matters, Performing Idea, Performance Lecture Archive; an interactive video archive housed at the Whitechapel Gallery between 2-9 October 2010. The archive looked at examples of the performance lecture as a form of artistic and critical expression and its potential to address a broad range of cultural issues and philosophical ideas.