Living in a city, it’s so easy to experience paranoia and have it manifest in your work - like Tricky, or Mark Stewart. You’re dealing with control systems and if you tackle them in any way, confront them in your work the same way William Burroughs did, it’s such a fine line you can’t walk it. It’ll cut into you. If you deal with those things you will become emeshed in them. If you explore paranoia you will become paranoid. Myself, I’m really trying to get rid of that. Not to say it isn’t happening everywhere all the time. I find it very unhealthy to focus on it these days.
John Balance, to David Keenan, The Wire (via todf