Cut-Up Method

The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs…

The following is a select and incomplete checklist


MAGAZINES

Arcade, edited by Martin Leman (London 1964) [No.1, Special Burroughs issue].

Bulletin from Nothing, edited by Mary Beach and Claude Pélieu (San Francisco 1965).

City Lights Journal, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (San Francisco 1963-1966)

Fruit Cup, edited by Mary Beach and Claude Pélieu (New York, 1969).

Ginger Snaps, edited by Michael Gibbs (Exeter, 1972).

Gnaoua, edited by Ira Cohen (Tangier, 1964).

Growing Hand, edited by Vincent Cresciman (San Francisco, 1967).

The Insect Trust Gazette, edited by Leonard Belasco and Bill Levy (Philadelphia, 1964-1968).

Intrepid, edited by Allen DeLoach (Buffalo, 1969) [No. 14/15, Special Burroughs issue].

Klacto 23, edited by Carl Weissner (Heidleberg, New York, Frankfurt, 1965-1969).

The Last Times, edited by Charles Plymell and Claude Pélieu (San Francisco, 1967).

The Moving Times, edited by William S. Burroughs and Alex Trocchi (London 1963).

My Own Mag, edited by Jeff Nuttall (London 1963-1967).

Notes from Underground, edited by John Bryan (San Francisco, 1970) [No. 3].

Residu, edited by Daniel Richter (Athens and London, 1965-1966).

The San Francisco Earthquake, edited by Jan Herman (San Francisco, 1967-1969)

UFO, edited by Jurgen Ploog, Jorg Fauser, Carl Weissner (Frankfurt, 1971-1972).


COLLABORATIONS / ANTHOLOGIES

The Braille Film. Carl Weissner, William S. Burroughs (San Francisco: Nova Broadcast Press, 1970)

Brion Gysin Let The Mice In, edited by Jan Herman with texts by William Burroughs and Ian Sommerville (West Glover: Something Else Press 1973).

The Exterminator. Brion Gysin and William Burroughs (San Francisco: Auerhahn Press/Dave Haselwood Books, 1960, 1967).

Minutes to Go. Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso and Sinclair
Belles (Paris: Two Cities Editions, 1960; San Francisco: Beach Books,
1968).

Oeuvre Croisee (The Third Mind). Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs (Paris: Flammarion, 1976; New York: Viking Press, 1978; London: John
Calder, 1979).

So Who Owns Death TV? William S. Burroughs, Claude Pélieu, Carl Weissner (San Francisco: Beach Books, Texts & Documents, 1967).


MARY BEACH

Electric Banana (Darmstadt: Melzer Verlag, 1970).


WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS

The Soft Machine (Paris: Olympia Press, 1959; New York: Grove Press, 1963).

The Ticket That Exploded (Paris: Olympia Press, 1962; New York: Grove Press, 1967).

Nova Express (New York: Grove Press, 1964) The final part of the cut-up trilogy. (Maynard & Miles A10a)


BRION GYSIN

The Process (New York: Doubleday, 1969; London: Jonathan Cape,
1970).


… and more to come with Claude Pélieu, Harold Norse, others…

Souce, in part: AQ14 CUT UP, 1973.