East Asylum: A Burroughs’ Fold-In (Bernstein 10)

the charles bernstein experiments

Burroughs’s fold-in:  Take two different pages from a newspaper or magazine article, or a book, and cut the pages in half vertically.  Paste the mismatched pages together.  (Cf.: William Burroughs’s The Third Mind.) Use the computer Lazarus cut-up engine to perform a similar task automatically; also engines at “Language Is a Virus:” Cut Up Machine,  Slice-n-Dice,  Exquisite Cadavulator, God’s Rude Wireless. And: Ron Starr’s travesty engine.

For this experiment, I took a 1999 issue of National Geographic on Iran, and cut a page in half, glued it next to a page torn from a textbook from the early 00s on ethics in psychological treatment. This is what I discovered.

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