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Back in No Time: The Brion Gysin Reader

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Brion Gysin (1916 1986) was a visual artist, historian, novelist, and an experimental poet credited with the discovery of the cut-up technique -- a collage of texts, not pictures -- which his longtime collaborator William S. Burroughs put to more extensive use. He is also considered one of the early innovators of sound poetry, which he defines as getting poetry back off ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 15th 2002 by Wesleyan
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Brendan
Jun 04, 2012 Brendan rated it it was amazing
After reading the passages excerpted in this volume, I have to say that it's a crime that this is pretty much the only writing of Gysin's that is currently in print (although I did manage to score the last copy of The Process from the distributors at my bookstore job shortly after I purchased this book). Fantastic writing, orbiting just slightly outside the circle of the Beats, and highly recommended.
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Sep 29, 2012 Ed Smiley rated it really liked it
Gysin is less known than he ought to be. Many people only know him through mentions in relation to the writer William S. Burroughs--the final passage of hisThe Ticket That Exploded transitions from printed words to an illustration of Brion Gyin's calligraphic script, the book essentially dissolving. Gysin was also very influential in being the inventor of the cut-up technique, which influenced several of Burroughs' books.

Which is a shame since he was a visual artist, writer, historian, inventor,
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May 29, 2008 Isaac rated it really liked it
I always thought that Brion Gysin wrote the Burroughs biography I liked so much, but it turns out I was wrong. Barry Miles wrote it. Still under the false impression, I read a bunch of stuff out of this book a long time ago, and really liked it. Brion Gysin was a nice fit for collaboration with Burroughs, worked with him on doing cut-up literature, experimental movies (that heavily influenced Nicholas Roeg and ultimately helped create the music video) and helped invent the dream machine. Google ...more
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John Clifford Brian Gysin, raised in Canada and England, was a peripheral figure in the Beat movement of the mid-20th century.

After serving is the U.S. Army during WWII, he received one of the first Fulbright Fellowships in 1949. A decade later he became closely associated with Beat writer William S. Burroughs. Their popularization of the Dadaist "cut-up technique" are the primary source of Gysin'
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