A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

A Portrait of Two CIA Men

Steven W. Hopkins, Arizona State University

(Published: February 5, 2015)

While making this cut-up, my whole goal was to create a narrative where one didn't exist before. The portrait that emerged of these two men—these bomb-throwing, owl-attacking, backwards-thinking terrorists reminiscent of smelly mud and scabs—came into being, as Burroughs says, through mine and his "midwifely services." Burroughs never intended for them to exist, and I can't rightly claim that I created them either. But now they do exist, and it's "so strikingly similar to the American Dream."