Gysin Book Review Plus YouTube

Dick Headley on Brion Gysin, with a YouTube showing Gysin at work in his painting studio.

On Gysin's book The Process:

Gysin is no Burroughs, Bowles or Castaneda. He’s good at creating allusion, he uses lots of tricks but The Process rambles and goes nowhere. None of this makes the book unreadable. The attempts at humour don’t come across well, Gysin doesn’t seem to have had much time for self-deprecation, but there are some interesting details about traveling in the Sahara once you get used to the tone. There’s also something fascinating about watching a self-absorbed individual trying to get away from his own self. And it is a very unusual book…there are points where it seems to read the reader.

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