Burroughs, Deleuze & Guattari

William Burroughs: I cut up the sentence and aligned the words vertically

Félix Guattari: A rhizome travels underground horizontally, and then sends up shoots

William Burroughs: This new sentence burst above ground Can you dig it?

Gilles Deleuze: What was the original sentence?

William Burroughs: A banana grows in my freezer.

Félix Guattari: Love it.

William Burroughs: A banana grows in my freezer, then the writer’s block.

Gilles Deleuze: What’s the vertical, cut-up sentence?

William Burroughs: My freezer grows in a banana.

Gilles Deleuze: Hmm.

Félix Guattari: Interesting dilemma: should you write from the freezer’s POV or from the banana’s POV?

William Burroughs: Both at the same time, man!

Gilles Deleuze: Rhizomatic writing, going vertical from a horizontal blockage, reveals two points of view sharing the same space.

William Burroughs: They’re schizos, man!

Félix Guattari: Yes. Here schizo-analysis reveals two desiring-machines interacting - banana and freezer.

William Burroughs: And I see both of them at the same time. Gilles Deleuze: Not sure why, exactly.

Félix Guattari: But he understands the basic literary concept.

Gilles Deleuze: Little nervous here.

William Burroughs: No worries, Gilles. I’m not losing it. I’m fine, just a little… you know.

Gilles Deleuze: Time for a nap, maybe?

William Burroughs: I think that would be best.

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