Student: Have you ever had any, like, internal conversations. like, that precluded your understanding of anyone else speaking?
WSB: I don’t understand the question.
Student: If a conversation is going on in your head, perhaps between two or three different selves, to the point where, when other people come to speak with you, you may use the sounds of their conversation in your own conversation with yourself. but you don’t actually hear what they’re trying … Read More
(following up from last weekend’s postings here and here) Student: When you did those cut-up techniques with the newspapers and articles and stuff like that, did you just, like.. did you just make the cut-ups and then just, like, pick them out of a hat and piece them together at random?
WSB: There are any number of ways you can do it. For example, you can take a page, cut it down there and across, now you’ve got four pieces and just put them in a new order. You can cut them into fragments. … Read More
“The Demon Lover” – that’s a famous notion – the idea of a demon lover – Have you ever heard of that? I mean, that concept of “demon lover“, I mean, that’s all through (the) yellow decade (to the) modern psychedelic – “demon lover” – That one is…. Oh well, the “demon lover” comes, and seduces this girl away from her husband and children. And she kisses the children goodbye – “She has taken up her two little babes/ Kissed them both … Read More
We’ve been featuring this past couple of months, Allen on the classic Scottish and English anonymous lyric ballads. We’ll continue with just a few more. This transcript is taken (continuing) from his June 1 1980 class at Naropa University (then the Naropa Institute)
The Duke of Grafton & Johnie Cock
AG: “The Duke of Grafton“..This is another.. This is a rhythmic thing in “The Ballad of the Duke of Grafton“. And (there’s) also a very mighty image in it about the death of the Duke of Grafton, bringing his body to the church to bury – “They brought … Read More
WSB: Now to consider Raudive‘s experimental procedure. The experiments were carried out in a soundproof studio. A new blank tape was turned on and allowed to record. Then the tape was played back and then the experimenter, listening through headphones, detected quite recognizable voices and words, that were found to be recorded on the tape. Let me say at once that I have not yet performed this experiment though it’s an obvious extension of the experiments I did perform – Well why not? – Well, it simply didn’t occur to … Read More
We continue with transcriptions of William Burroughs’ Naropa lectures See earlier segments here,here, here and here This second lecture was delivered on July 27, 1976
WSB: Ready? Anne Waldman (on behalf of Naropa): I don’t think Mr Burroughs needs much of an introduction..
WSB: What I’m trying to do in these two lectures to give you something you can use and apply, something you can do, experiments you can perform. And I’m indicating some areas of experimentation in the hope that some of you willl carry these experiments further and come up with something … Read More