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Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker
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Apr 30, 2012

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Read from May 03 to 11, 2012

the sort of book that you read and understand that you are quite literally making the choice to like it or hate it. both parties are indeed right in every sense of the word. to like, its an interesting slice of post-punk feminism, a cataclysm of ideas, dialogues, concepts on narrative, character, sexuality. the main plot of the book is fascinating enough, a harem girl with vaginal inflammatory disease and a daddy complex stuck with paper and ideas about nathaniel hawthorne and a run in with jean genet, barely living to age fourteen. to dislike, a piece of work that strays too far into the realms of anti-narrative, anti-structure, merely for the sake of being anti-everything, isolating its audience in return. a work that strays too far from the ideas presented to be considered a cohesive work in the first place, the work of an author with high intellectual credentials that seem far from fitting the likes of genet or burroughs, with heaps of praise in the authors short life that could easily be balked at. regardless, it is a work that forces you to ask questions about what fiction, narrative, and concepts mean.

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