The Discipline of D.E. [Do Easy]

"Sometimes, the easiest and calmest way is the best. Directed by Gus van Sant and written by William S. Burroughs, 'The Discipline of D.E.' has sat for years in the corner of my mind like a bonzai garden tucked behind a Times Square billboard, occasionally drifting into view in those moments of clumsiness or disorganization or information overload to remind me to pause, slow down and do it again, easy.

D.E. is a way of doing. D.E. simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage, which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will find as you advance in D.E. You can start right now tidying up your flat, moving furniture or books, washing dishes, making tea, sorting papers. Don’t fumble, jerk, grab an object. Drop cool possessive fingers onto it, like a gentle old cop making a soft arrest.

Van Sant began working on the 16mm film while he was still in film school at the Rhode Island School of Design, and when he moved to Los Angeles, it became one of the first of his non-school related projects. To get permission to use the short story on which it is based, he found Burroughs in the New York City telephone book, rang him up, and and asked if he could come over. It was easy."  —