Burroughs’s Click Composition

Christian Smith, Coastal Carolina University

 (Published: February 5, 2015)

“The writer is disappearing into his/click.” If Geoffrey Sirc gave us a box-logic, we might say that Burroughs gives us a box/cutter/logic, or a composition of the click. The click of the camera, the tape recorder, the scissors snapping shut. In the click, we get invention and new possibilities for arrangement. Here I have inserted an audible “click” of Burroughs’s own voice at indeterminate intervals throughout his lectures. Once inserted, a process of cutting the WAV file yielded this result.