Friday, April 29, 2011

PROMPT: The Cut Up Technique



“Burroughs uses what he calls “Brion Gysin’s cut-up method which I call the fold-in method.” To read the daily newspaper in its entirety is to encounter the method in all its purity. Similarly, an evening watching television programs is an experience in a corporate form — an endless succession of impressions and snatches of narrative. Burroughs is unique only in that he is attempting to reproduce in prose what we accommodate every day as a commonplace aspect of life in the electric age. If the corporate life is to be rendered on paper, the method of discontinuous nonstory must be employed.”

Read Notes on Burroughs (Nation Magazine 1964)by Marshall McLuhan : http://realitystudio.org/criticism/notes-on-burroughs/


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