Category Archives: Burroughs

Cut-up technique

“The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a written text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, … Continue reading

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Locus Solus

“The history and contents of the magazine Locus Solus provide insight into the type of progressive poetry circles and ideas Burroughs started tapping into with his small scale, textual cut-up works of the early 1960s. A testament to refined taste, … Continue reading

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New Wave science fiction

Science Fiction and In Art the Sixties “The New Wave is a movement in science fiction produced in the 1960s and 1970s and characterized by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content, a ‘literary’ or artistic … Continue reading

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My Own Mag

“In the introduction to the bibliography of his work prepared by Joe Maynard and Barry Miles, William Burroughs spoke about how the ‘little mags’ were a lifeline for him at a time when he had very few hopes for publishing … Continue reading

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Last Exit to Brooklyn – Hubert Selby Jr. (1964)

“Last Exit to Brooklyn is a 1964 novel by American author Hubert Selby Jr. The novel has become a cult classic because of its harsh, uncompromising look at lower class Brooklyn in the 1950s and for its brusque, everyman style … Continue reading

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The Yage Letters – William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg (1963)

“The Yage Letters, first published in 1963, is a collection of correspondence and other writings by Beat Generation authors William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. It was issued by City Lights Books. Most of the letters date back to 1953 … Continue reading

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The Nova Trilogy (The Cut-up Trilogy) – William S. Burroughs

“The Nova Trilogy or The Cut-up Trilogy is a name commonly given by critics to a series of three experimental novels by William S. Burroughs: The Soft Machine (1961, revised 1966 and 1968), The Ticket That Exploded (1962, revised 1967) … Continue reading

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