[NetBehaviour] God's Little Toys

Lewis LaCook llacook at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 13 15:38:11 CEST 2005


now, take the human away a bit, and let the machine
assemble the text

or something other

like a sunset
like rain
like shadowdapple leaves


--- marc <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org> wrote:

> *God's Little Toys*
> Confessions of a cut & paste artist.
> By William Gibson
> When I was 13, in 1961, I surreptitiously purchased
> an anthology of Beat 
> writing - sensing, correctly, that my mother
> wouldn't approve.
> Immediately, and to my very great excitement, I
> discovered Allen 
> Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and one William S. Burroughs
> - author of 
> something called Naked Lunch, excerpted there in all
> its coruscating 
> brilliance.
> Burroughs was then as radical a literary man as the
> world had to offer, 
> and in my opinion, he still holds the title.
> Nothing, in all my 
> experience of literature since, has ever been quite
> as remarkable for 
> me, and nothing has ever had as strong an effect on
> my sense of the 
> sheer possibilities of writing.
> Later, attempting to understand this impact, I
> discovered that Burroughs 
> had incorporated snippets of other writers' texts
> into his work, an 
> action I knew my teachers would have called
> plagiarism. Some of these 
> borrowings had been lifted from American science
> fiction of the '40s and 
> '50s, adding a secondary shock of recognition for
> me.
> By then I knew that this "cut-up method," as
> Burroughs called it, was 
> central to whatever it was he thought he was doing,
> and that he quite 
> literally believed it to be akin to magic. When he
> wrote about his 
> process, the hairs on my neck stood up, so palpable
> was the excitement. 
> Experiments with audiotape inspired him in a similar
> vein: "God's little 
> toy," his friend Brion Gysin called their
> reel-to-reel machine.
> more...
> http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.07/gibson.html
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