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  1. says:

    Tristan Tzara really invented the cut up or perhaps the general media did, but nevertheless William S Burroughs and his partner in crime, Brion Gysin, really took it to another level What are you really telling me That I think is the question that Burroughs and Gysin tries to answer It is also a book about language and its power and sort of beauty as well The duality of communication can be used as poetry as well as a deadly weapon.


  2. says:

    Well, I wanted to read something a little kooky and I certainly got what I wanted I ve known about this book for years and I could never find it, or remember to look for it, in a used book store I agree with WSB and BG on all points about the value of cut up as a literary technique Though, I think they breathed the fumes in a little too deeply Often the examples in The Third Mind of cut up in practice are rather dull and sound like the scatological murmurings of an addled schizophrenic recei Well, I wanted to read something a little kooky and I certainly got what I wanted I ve known about this book for years and I could never find it, or remember to look for it, in a used book store I agree with WSB and BG on all points about the value of cut up as a literary technique Though, I think they breathed the fumes in a little too deeply Often the examples in The Third Mind of cut up in practice are rather dull and sound like the scatological murmurings of an addled schizophrenic receiving messages from CIA headquarters That s actually very Okay with me but what s missing is a thread of narrative, it s all just so unconnected and arbitrary Doubly so when you are aware it s cut up I think the technique is awesome but as something an author can pepper their writing with Unexpected turns of phrase and absurdo poetic humour that cuts to the heart of pure meaning in ways that are probably impossible to think up in a human brain.But once in a while an amazing piece like this comes through When a Trak Agent walks out of the Board Room, the Board Members look after him and say Errand boy We are all Coolies and we need the cool that flows out when we all freeze into each other s eyes and say Errand boy Then the cool flows out on a blue wave, cold and blue as liquid air swirling across dark bank floors, piling up in corners and vaults while a soft rain of bank notes falls through us We sit there in our blue slate houses, wrapped in orange flesh robes that grow on us now you understand about Time That s just wicked. but the bit about now you understand about Time really shows the need to edit out some of the randomness and not stick with cut up like some kind of golden rule or an unquestionable process But then a little later on this comes up The old man from The Arabian Nights coming to work for us such a find, we thought and stealing all the shirts and towels while always asking formoney The naborhood children sneering and hostile, banging on the door to sell flowers or ask for cigarettes throwing rocks through the skylight. children. beggars someone always at the door, despising you if you gave money insulting you if you didn tFantastic But the spelling of neighborhood as naborhood perfectly shows my qualms with cut up when applied unilaterally The idea of a collaboration between two creates a third mind is interesting Sort of like how information becomes sentient when it gains deep complexity and interconnections in AI theory I skipped through large portions of The Third Mind. there is nothing really essential here that you couldn t pick up in a few articles I m mostly happy that such an odd little book exists


  3. says:

    Almost as good as The Job for putting forth THE IDEAS Burroughs had the highest respect for Gysin this bk shows how intensely fervently they clicked An impetus for collaboration for those who haven t been there yet Almost as good as The Job for putting forth THE IDEAS Burroughs had the highest respect for Gysin this bk shows how intensely fervently they clicked An impetus for collaboration for those who haven t been there yet


  4. says:

    I read this book after meeting Burroughs and Gysin in New York The cut up method, invented by Gysin, a painter, and most famously utilized by Burroughs in his many books is discussed in detail here A proliferation of facsimile pages, photographs, and examples of cut up writing, including a fragment of a scenario from the movie they wanted to make ofNaked Lunch , make this a most interesting read I read this book after meeting Burroughs and Gysin in New York The cut up method, invented by Gysin, a painter, and most famously utilized by Burroughs in his many books is discussed in detail here A proliferation of facsimile pages, photographs, and examples of cut up writing, including a fragment of a scenario from the movie they wanted to make ofNaked Lunch , make this a most interesting read


  5. says:

    A work of collaboration about the nature of collaboration The phenomenon of the third mind has been observed by others, such as mountain climbers, who note the presence of another when two people are brought together on a common task or path of adventure Fusing and Burroughs collaborated on cut up projects and exploration of inner space through the dream machine technology still not fully understood The flicker effect is known to science, yet as a technique of expansion of consciousness is A work of collaboration about the nature of collaboration The phenomenon of the third mind has been observed by others, such as mountain climbers, who note the presence of another when two people are brought together on a common task or path of adventure Fusing and Burroughs collaborated on cut up projects and exploration of inner space through the dream machine technology still not fully understood The flicker effect is known to science, yet as a technique of expansion of consciousness is yet to be completely advanced unless perhaps it is why we are glued to our flickering screens


  6. says:

    Muffled drum week and my silence the pianosAnd the Sunday rest pour awayMy working, my midnight, my mourners comeTalk my song bring out wanted nowPut up the coffin let up the wood my noonMy overhead would last forever scribbling onPack up I was wrong round the white necksThe sky, the message, let aeroplanes dismantle the sunHe is dead the ocean and sweep I thoughtThat love of the public dovesPut crepe bows circle moaning The moon and the stars are not out every one


  7. says:

    This is a surprisingly good read If you want a really good anthology of the cut up method of writing this is the place to go.The title refers to a statement in Napoleon Hill s book How to Think and Grow Rich in which the author claims that if two people are working in harmony on a project that a third mind will spontaneously be generated in which the participants are able to draw from the knowledge and inspiration of each other through the third mind.In this case the two participants are Will This is a surprisingly good read If you want a really good anthology of the cut up method of writing this is the place to go.The title refers to a statement in Napoleon Hill s book How to Think and Grow Rich in which the author claims that if two people are working in harmony on a project that a third mind will spontaneously be generated in which the participants are able to draw from the knowledge and inspiration of each other through the third mind.In this case the two participants are William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin who co author the book I don t know about a third mind existing between them as described by Hill, but they definitely worked well together and produced a book that is worth reading again and again UhmI really like this book


  8. says:

    Really want to give this a 3.5 stars Great book But to be honest, the cut up is to be enjoyed in smaller doses Any 1 or 2 pieces are great individually but after 5 I begin to wander Great and ground breaking at the time Small doses.


  9. says:

    The cut up is just a technique, useful for shifting the mind s habits and jump starting the creative process But the interviews and articles relating it to a variety of authors and artistic movements, and Burrough s and Gysin s own experiments, make this a very stimulating read.


  10. says:

    Interesting for students of Burroughs Particularly of the Nova Trilogy In patches the cut up material is tedious and incomprehensible or perhaps the feeling of unease that reading it creates is the result of freeing yourself from the Control virus and its Word Language vector.


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The Third Mind Burroughs And Gysin Explore, Document, And Illustrate Their Cut Up Method In A Series Of Dazzling And Often Dizzying Collaborations