A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

How to Travel in Time

Derek Mueller, Eastern Michigan University

(Published: February 5, 2015)

This experimental cut-up fumbles at an edge found among memory, arrangement, and the slipping and skipping induced by a cut-up method. As I listened to Burroughs's lectures in GarageBand, I clipped and saved several samples, assembling the instigating clicks into a word and phrase index with 104 snippets. Among these, I selected clusters whose right-sounding acoustic or thematic qualities built into intelligible phrases, and then those phrases—expanded and strung together—surfaced as a playful statement about the cut-up method itself inscribing a kind of time travel with its repetitions, shufflings, and redoublings of memory.