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The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula (Portrait of an Eye #1)

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Paperback, 152 pages
Published February 28th 1978 by Tvrt (first published 1973)
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Nate D
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
Imogen
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Ben
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kathy Acker's fiction is so radically vital that I cannot imagine the American literary landscape without it. The first novel of hers that I read, Blood and Guts in High School, struck me as unique, bizarre, and totally puzzling; at some point I'll definitely revisit it. Recently I read the first novel she ever published, 1975's The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula by the Black Tarantula, which is currently available in the three-novel omnibus Portrait of An Eye.

Maybe BAGIHS conditioned me
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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 ...more
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