Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gus Van Sant and William S. Burroughs explain Doing Easy

By Barry Johnson

Via Open Culture, I watched this Gus Van Sant short film from 1982. It "illustrates" a short story/essay by William S. Burroughs, The Discipline of D.E.  The D.E. stands for "Doing Easy," which is following an efficient, smooth path through the universe. This sounds cosmological, but the movie teaches us how to get through our day without bumping into things or spilling, so, yes, the cosmos in a drop of water.

“How fast can you take your time, kid?”


miss kitty said...

wow, thanks for sharing! at first it seemed like "DE" might be inspired by Des Esseintes, the main character in "Against the Grain" (à Rebours) by Huysmans, but then it went in another direction completely... still very cool!

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