Joan Hawkins | William S. Burroughs: Cutting Up the Century

Aside from Henry Miller, William S. Burroughs is the most important figure in the 20th century canon of American authors who's consistently ignored by those anthology editors, literary historians, and critics usually commissioned to compile the lists.

Burroughs's subversive cut ups are probably one reason for the neglect, now remedied by Joan Hawkins's collection, William S. Buroughs: Cutting Up the Century. His method of splicing together snippets of texts from hither and yon at once anticipated hip hop sampling and mash ups and unsettling the notions of authorship that Burroughs inherited. And this would have been enough to marginalize him, never mind the gun worship, the fatal William Tell act, the drug abuse, the odd ball beliefs about UFOs and the occult.

Come hear Joan Hawkins relate how she and her co-editor, Alex Werner-Colan, compilied Cutting Up the Century, which includes studies of the cut up method and its results, accounts of Burroughs by people who had known him, and artists inspired by him

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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By Joan Hawkins (Editor), Henry Alexander Wermer-Colan (Editor), Charles Cannon (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780253041333
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Published: Indiana University Press - May 17th, 2019

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Even though the store takes a hiatus, it’s easy to imagine that long conversation amongst the great minds continuing around the Great Table, in our fancy, if not in Eternity, though we can agree to disagree about that.

How many can you identify?

Some are pretty obvious, others a little obscure. If educated outside the U.S. you might have an advantage in naming two or three. One makes for a fancy pose, but he’s actually a blockhead.

All have made significant contributions, even when shown demonstrably wrong. Nonetheless, we continue to argue with them because even when we argue with them, more often than not, we find them productively wrong.

We look forward to the time when you too can rejoin the conversation.

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