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It’s why her readings were more like stage shows than those creepy literary events where some dude mumbles in a monotone for half an hour. I don’t abandon books; once I’ve anr a story I have to see it through to the bitter end. Ad 30, Nomy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Kathy Acker was a high-wire writer.

And painfully dated references to President Carter. Hopelijk snel herlezen, want dit boek er in drie dagen doorheen jassen, terwijl ik ook ontelbaar veel deadlines probeer af te werken, is niet optimaal.

I mean, the writing is sharp, of course. Recommended to Nate D by: Gut on her first serial novel, The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula schooll, in Solana Beach inshe attempted to regain a childhood consciousness, pushing herself toward a point of self-dissolution through sex and hallucinogenic drugs. There’s no denying Acker’s intelligence, but I found this to be a mess. En dat verdient dit boek niet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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 about to leave her.

I ran into Acker via these kids I lived next door to when I was about Janey Smith wants hlood, and she wants to know how power works systemically in the larger world. Then she made herself walk away. She doesn’t mind being crude and inelegant, and she happily presents a disjointed and often surreal narrati This is an amazing book, hyperbolic, mad, outrageous, cynical, expressive, and audacious.


The novel is also considered a metafictional text, which is aware of its status as a fictional piece. Janey and her mentor Genet whose homosexuality prevents him from loving the girl: Here’s a polarizing one, huh? Imagining —as well as two book-length experiments in genre-ridden narrative, Rip-Off Red and Kathy Goes to Haiti They travel together for some time, then Genet gives Janey some money sxhool leaves.

Another critical review that Blood and Guts received is the narrative technique in the story.

Blood and Guts in High School

Read every other line then read it again but only the lines that were skipped and then try to put the pieces together in your mind.

You can analyze Acker’s work all you want. Jan 07, TerryJane rated it did not like it Shelves: Kathy gave her a large drawing that my mom had framed. She seems to be addicted to sex and does not care whom she sleeps with.

Smith was trying to get rid of Janey so he could spend all his time with Sally, a twenty-one year old starlet who was still refusing to guhs him. Know of this nothing. Did I do something wrong?

Hard, fast, frenetic and unapologetic, the imagery leaves a cold, disquieting impression and a desperate want for a shower, or something.

I walked for hours.

I read some Acker in college – you know, back when my hair was purple, my stereo was screaming with angry grrrl singers, and ,athy world was just. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Hence Janey’s urge to tell us about her life – through words, obscene drawings don’t read this in public if you care about respectabilityimaginary maps we must decipher like Egyptian hieroglyphics Janey is sent to New York and, until she turns fourteen, she goes through a daily routine of drugs, junior high school, street gangs, syphilis, abortions, underpaid jobs, filthy dwellings in the city slums.

But I found that some of his more self-consciously experimental stuff began to try my patience; the cut-up method quickly lost its novelty and my interest started to wane. I thought it was kind of sweet at the time, but of course it’s not. Still not expected what. And, hell, she made me almost consider re-reading The Scarlet Letterso that’s impressive.

There is no doubt about that. And it never happened, so thats OK then.

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View all 7 comments. The effect is weird but hilarious: I realized I had to get out. I didn’t understand about Kathy Acker’s fiction before I read this. It was that the entire time I was reading the book I wanted to gouge my eyes out. Want to Read saving…. And so, the first ten pages are a bevy of delights, a veritable cornucopia of plenty, a smorgasbord of every vile, disgusting, grotesque act known abd man. For a period of time her father sends her money, but later she begins to work at a bakery and is appalled by the customers.

All the land on both sides of the highway, cultivated and wild, was private.