Published on December 8th, 2012 | by msalt

The Discipline of Do Easy

Before Good Will Hunting, before Drugstore Cowboy, even before Mala Noche, Gus Van Sant made a series of short, humorous films. One was “The Discipline of DE,” based on a William S. Burroughs story in his collection “Exterminator!”

The Discipline of Do Easy is a philosophy of life propounded by Burroughs. Is it a parody of Eastern religion? Mockery of self-help books? An actual, surprisingly deep discipline based on Daoism? Funny?


“He who has learned to do nothing with his whole mind and body will have everything done for him.”

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Mark Saltveit is a writer, standup comedian, skimboarder and dad based in Middlebury, Vermont. His improv show "Palindrome Fight!" will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aug. 5-29th 2022 at the Kilderkin Pub, 67 Canongate, at 7:30pm each night except Tuesdays.

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