Contemporary American Fiction

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William S. Burroughs

(Recommended Reading) The Cut-up Method of Brion Gysin

“the writing machine   is for everybody
do it yourself   until the machine comes
here is the system    according to us”
-Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs, The Third Mind

Video on Cut-up Method

Towers on Fire

Burroughs’ “songs” on Last FM

Burroughs Called the Law (video)

“Crab Nebula” from Nova Express (1964)

Who is the underground ?  What do they do?

What is the importance “the word”?

What is the dwarf plague mechanism?

What is the role of silence?

How is a technician different from a writer?

What is the “calculating machine” like?

How is Nova Justice different?  Why?

What is the importance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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