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Why am I only now getting around to reading Kathy Acker? I've known I needed to for ages, but it took M reading bits of Blood and Guts in Highschool aloud to nudge me into grabbing this. The point where Anne Quin and Dennis Cooper meet, sort of: cut-up stream-of-consciousness, words almost spilling off the page in urgent derangement of lit forms, post-modern elegance via porno, disorienting appropriated stories, piercing confessional vulnerability or is it. Sex and murder oozing from every pore ...more
Fuuuuuuck yes! Apparently, I bought a beat up old cheap & stainy copy of this a few years ago, but I just refound it again right before we moved across the country. I wrote a lot about it in my book reviews column for Aorta issue four, so I don't super feel like getting into it again, but the short version is that Kathy Acker's superimposition technique- here she tells the stories of some murderesses in history at the same time that she tells her own autobiographical stories, as well as a bu ...more
Born of German-Jewish stock, Kathy Acker was brought up by her mother and stepfather (her natural father left her mother before Kathy was born) in a prosperous district of NY. At 18, she left home and worked as a stripper. Her involvement in the sex industry helped to make her a hit on the NY art scene, and she was photographed by the newly fashionable Robert Mapplethorpe. Preferring to be known s ...moreMore about Kathy Acker...