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Having any sex in the world is having to have sex with capitalism. The rain was going to increase her infection. Jun 22, knig rated it really liked it Shelves: Poems, epistolary motifs, confessional modes, book kqthy, some clever stuff with pagination and text breaks, and loads of scribbly pictures flesh out the storyboard.

You see, we own the language. It remains Acker’s most popular and best-selling book. The work itself developed over time. Nothing about this book made sense at all and I do not recommend it. If you’re still reading, let me point out a few more things gguts seem to be conveniently overlooked by most ‘serious’ reviewers though I wonder whether they have ever read the novel before trashing it.

Also, I felt much of …more I would recommend Lisa Bloood, particularly hgih memoir Drugs are Nice, which is non-fiction but very much in the same vein. It doesn’t seem to be related to the quality of the author’s work–I’ve experienced this sensation with feline-centric mystery novels penned by elderly women, and with Updike’s WASPy fables, and even with the masterworks of Saint Nabokov.

The novel is considered an anti-narrative work since it jumps in and out of narration and contains different katht. Many writers have tried analyzing Blood and Guts to understand exactly what Acker was trying to accomplish. Janey and Genet travel through North Africa and stop in Alexandria. Text, illustration, mixed fonts, pages written in the author’s handwriting; narrative paragraphs become diary excepts which turn into poems which merge into drawings which become maps, graffiti, translations of latin odes and blatant, parodic plagiarism Rubbish Bored me rigid.


Blood and Guts in High School

Insane and ragged as it is must beshe’s cutting up and repurposing lit canon and her ackeer life with a deft touch here, horrifying and hilarious and relentlessly unpredictable, interspersing any shock moments with crystal-eyed insight and poetic beauty though rarely in the actual Poetry bits in here, which serve other purposes.

Okay, so Acker was art as performance and language as desire, but was she an important writer? Grove Press published Blood and Guts almost concurrently that year. A somewhat pointless and annoying experimental novel with silly dirty pictures drawn in it. I thought that people today, when they move move only by car, train, boat, or plane and so move only on roads.

Whatever it is, it’s better than what we are now. So, mono-dimensional diatribe, perhaps seeking to numb with repetitive mantra even though the palette of media truncates. She’s also never really given many choices.

A rebellion breaks out and they are both thrown out of Alexandria. I wanted to gouge my eyes out. May 14, MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it Shelves: Archived copy as title Pages to import images to Wikidata.

I’m giving this book one star because I can’t give it half a star and because if I gave it no stars then that would imply a state of unratedness which might lead people to erroneously conclude at first glance that I loved it blooe much I felt there were not enough stars available or that I was too lazy or forgetful to apply any stars at all. I love a good anti-novel as much as the next pretentious hipster, but don’t just slap together a bunch of stuff and then bore me to death with it.

Did I do something wrong? Because self-expression means judgement, either it is to condemn or to absolve: Born of German-Jewish stock, Kathy Acker was brought up by her mother and stepfather her natural bllod left her mother before Kathy was born in a prosperous district of NY.


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Hard, fast, frenetic and unapologetic, the imagery leaves a cold, disquieting impression and a desperate want for a shower, or something. Katuy walked back into her father’s and her apartment. Refresh and try again.

He took them all.

Apr 23, Nathan “N. They ate a lot of E and Acid. Please, someone explain to me the literary value of this book.

In science this is self-evident. Burroughs that further Acker’s feminist agenda against years of men dominating women, mind, body and prose. So all of this is to say that I think I would have written a different review of this book had I read it before falling for the Acker Mystique.

In high school, I loved William S. Oct 28, Fabian rated it really liked it. At this point the author makes an amazingly clever analysis of her character’s psychology.

But this book does test my limits as a reader. Also that weird thing abt President Carter— how could Acker get away with such nonsense here when Coover had to face so many problems with The Public Burning? View all 12 comments. I mean, the writing is sharp, of course. Then she made herself walk away.

Account Options Sign in. That doesn’t mean that all risky work is important,but it does mean that safety gets us nowhere. Trivia About Blood and Guts in What a pastiche of terrible teenage dreaddo One hard to forget cover. To be honest, I didn’t understand how a lot of it fit together, and that’s because I really didn’t care to. Remember House of Leaves?