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Pussy, King of the Pirates

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A loose reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, Acker's radical interpretation is a masterfully directed, wild trek through real and imagined history, from the most famous whorehouse in Alexandria through an unidentified, crumbling city that may or may not be sometime in the future.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 5th 1996 by Grove Press (first published 1996)
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Angelina
This is like going to church, without the boring hymns or the itchy Sunday dress. So actually it's not like church at all.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Kathy Acker's where it's at.
If where it's at is not
Where Kathy Acker is,
Then where it's at is wrong.
And that's not where I wanna be.
Cuz I'm gunna be where Kathy Acker's at
Because she's where it's at.

Kathy Acker's where it's at.
Kathy Acker's where it's at.
Kathy Acker's where it's at.

Kathy Acker's where it's at.
If where it's at is not
Where Kathy Acker is,
Then where it's at is wrong.
And that's not where I wanna be.
Cuz I'm gunna be where Kathy Acker's at
Because she's where it's at.

Kathy
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Kristen Ringman
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
A bit crazy and wild and mad, but I love the sex scenes with witches beating people with vegetables...hot!
Mandy Jones
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
This book should be read for expiremental purposes only. It is like tripping balls on acid and letting Gloria Steinam drive the golf cart. It is very bizzare, but interesting
Marinda Bland
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Acker was a revolutionary feminist postmodern badass writer (died in ’97) who delighted in tearing apart other works of literature and subverting and re-purposing their contents, adding enough of her own work to be original. AND Acker was friends with Neil Gaiman, who modeled the character Delirium in his Sandman series after Acker. (Squee!)

That squee didn’t last very long. This book was not exactly what I expected when I signed up for a pirate adventure novel partially stolen from Treasur
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Caitlin
Jun 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
WORST BOOK OF ALL TIME! I literally read this somewhere around twelve years ago, I don't ever remember, and it was SO BAD that I didn't read again for five years because I was afraid of books. Literally, this book made me stupid for five years.
Laura Wallace
May 15, 2008 added it
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The problem with nonlinear narratives is that they're often boring. It pains me to say that about a book called Pussy, King of the Pirates.
Ville
Dec 05, 2017 added it
Heikompi kuin Empire, mutta useimmat asiat ovat. Brutal hails Kathyn suuntaan; pakko vetää lisää.
Merritt K
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Given that I'm into pirate stories and experimental lesbian writing I feel like I should have liked this more. Maybe I've just been too close to the kind of manic, flitting perspective Acker takes on here to not be kind of frightened by it, and maybe that's on me. But it just felt like she was mashing up so many different sources and stories for the sake of it and they didn't really come together in any kind of satisfying way. I feel weird about not being into this, everyone!
Darryl
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Acker - an incredible talent, died too young of cancer - a disease created through intensely focused self-anger. You can see the disease forming within the images Acker conjures in "Pussy, King of Pirates." Brutal socio-sexual plagiarized adventure story, or deep, genotype-coin flip, psychological excavation? Acker's fever-dream of grrrl-pirates, Chinese bordellos and masturbating bears is violent, sacrilegious, sexy, disturbing and revealing all the ugliness of the human condition in so m ...more
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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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