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The same kind of self-aware perceptive juvenalia, the same invitation. Kathy Acker was a high-wire writer. She didn’t know what to do with her hateful tormented mind. Even if the visions are of being sexually abused by a filthy, sado-masochistic President Jimmy Carter with a shitty ass one of the most disgusting characters I’ve ever encountered in literaturethey apparently have more vitality than an ordinary job in a bakery.

She inserts letters, poems, drama scenes, dream visions and drawings.

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Otherwise there was nothing. Apr 12, Stevie rated it did not like it Shelves: Hawkins has analysed this book as a postmodernist work in her article “All in the Family: One of the most fucked up books I’ve ever read. Let’s say it’s not for the weak of heart, nor is it recommended to those without a sense of incredibly, powerfully grotesque and debasing humor.

I mean, the writing is sharp, of course. At current, it doesn’t rank as something I’d be that interested in though at the time it blew my mind but her style, her ruthlessness, the raw sexuality, the insanity and craziness of her books this one in particular her daring to use and abuse language really liberated my creative process.


Honestly, I have no problem with vulgar books, and I don’t shy away from books with pornographic material. Nov 20, Shovelmonkey1 rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Jo Bonney Cover Designer. Blood and guts in high school This is all I know Parents teachers boyfriends Schooll have got to go Some folks like trains, some folks like ships, I like the way you move you hips All I want is a taste of your lips, boy, All I bloov is a taste of your lips.

Gurs, she’s left her mark. Quotes from Blood and Guts in The shortest in literature, as far as I know: The Feminist Manifesto should give you a good idea of why I make that connection. Hard, buts, frenetic ahd unapologetic, the imagery leaves a cold, disquieting impression and a desperate want for a shower, or something. There was always something touching and trusting about Acker’s belief that her audience would not want a smooth finished product of the kind they could buy at any dime store, but would prefer to be in on the process — flying when she did, falling when she did, nothing leveled out or homogenized.

Bad words, sex, cunt, piss, shit, run on sentences, angst angst angst.

Views Read Edit View history. The novel explores but simultaneously deconstructs the American politics of the time it was written and intercontinental history, while being interspersed with sections of sexually detailed drawings, symbolism and non-linear writing.

This was one of the most off-putting and obnoxious scjool of literature I’ve faced recently. Originally written in the s, this Penguin re-release coincides with Acker’s untimely death from cancer 20 years ago this year. Jun 04, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t even know what.

Nov 30, Nomy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: View all 12 comments. A disgusting, painful, terrible tale in which the protagonist undergoes any sort of mental and physical alienation.


She began to write down her life, starting with “Parents stink” her father, who is also her boyfriend, has fallen in love with another woman and is abou Janey lived in the locked room. Jean Genet makes a wonderfully bizarre appearance, and the “letter” from Erica Jong was likewise too fucking funny to get offended by.

Most likely, the disturbance of their final separation prompted Acker to arrange this collection of outtakes and unpublished writings into a disjunctive but emotionally continuous work. This happens when I read multiple works by the same author in a short I love a good anti-novel. She has many sexual partners.

Eventually the right eye brow got tired of being sceptically raised and I had to give it a rest and raise the left one instead. Michael Delsol Cover Photographer. I’d rather have read the ingredient list on my shampoo bottle than to have wasted my time on this tripe.

Robotic slaves to capitalist materialism have no escape when their dreams die. Janet is quickly abandoned and sent to board in NYC, where she whores it a bit well a lothas an impressive number of abortions and eventually ends up as a sex slave to an eighty year old Iranian as you do.

Blood and Guts in High School

It’s also a heartrending, often poetic celebration of its potential: Janey and Genet travel through North Africa and stop in Alexandria. I’m all up for some experimentalist literature. According to Hawkins, Acker is motivated by two discourses: I have no idea what I just read.