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On a lighter note, opening a page which contains nothing but a accker drawing of a cunt while sat on a packed tube train, This gets five stars from me, despite its flaws, simply because of the highly impressive range of techniques on display.

Again I turn to the creators and compilers of the books to read before you die list and ask, “Why? She walked back into her father’s and her apartment.

What can Janey and Genet do? As sucky as this review is, this book sucked even worse. But I just really despised the author’s style. She experimented for the sake of it. I can see, certainly, how it would annoy some in a stylistic manner and infuriate others on a conceptual level for example, Janey is being This one is super juvenile and also the most free-feeling of all of her novels–there are silly naughty drawings of genitalia, maps of dreams in the form of a pirate map sorta, scripts, a Persion lesson notebook in the form of a poem, just plain old regular prose, a book report on The Scarlet Letter that totally makes me want to read it again It was written in the stars and I could have shelved it among my faves without even reading it.

But what is this? Her compositional strategies were grounded in the phenomenological experiments of the old-guard minimalist and conceptual artists, but the content of her work—extreme pornography, diatribe, parody, gossip, politics, and trash—reflected the aesthetic of her East Village peers.


There she meets Jean Genetthe blpod, iconic French writer, and they develop a relationship. The strange couple sets off on a hallucinatory journey to Egypt in search of an ancient book that teaches how men can change their nature and become Acker really was interactive art.

This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Incest, rape, domestic violence, etc.

One of the most fucked up books I’ve ever read. The guy can’t stand the pressure of a long-term relationship, he needs his space and Janey is preventing him from being himself. Oct 28, Fabian rated it really liked it. 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 to man.

This is an amazing book, hyperbolic, mad, outrageous, cynical, expressive, and audacious. Kathy Acker was the most intentional of writers, but paradoxically, while Blood and Guts propelled her mids commercial breakthrough, it was her least intended work.

Blood and Guts in High School

I realized I had to get out. So they find the book, have a glimpse of its contents and Janey dies.

Muth in her article described Blood and Guts as a novel that draws arguments from gender studiesglobal capitalism, and theories of subject formation Bad words, sex, cunt, piss, shit, run on sentences, angst angst angst. However I mostly found it embarrassing to read in public because of the smutty line drawings, offensive schlol of the continual use of foul schpol or confusing because sentence flow skipped lines of text. Harry Doble I would recommend Lisa Suckdog, particularly her memoir Drugs are Nice, which is non-fiction but very much in the same vein.

She hated the apartment.

Profane, Pornographic, Lewd: On Blood and Guts in High School | Book Marks

To my mind this was an exercise in juvenile and moderately pointless self indulgence with a little bit of crap porn thrown in. To make things even worse, one day a Persian dwarf and slave trader has her kidnapped and locked in a room, where she’s thoroughly trained in whoring techniques in order to walk the streets for the dwarf. 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 don’t even know what. Poems, epistolary motifs, confessional modes, book reviews, some clever stuff with pagination and text breaks, and loads of scribbly pictures flesh out the storyboard.

Now, it’s easy to look at “Blood and Guts” as literary filth, sold as a masterpiece of experimental fiction. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. According to Hawkins, Acker is motivated by two discourses: Oct 21, M.

A rebellion breaks out and they are both boood out of Alexandria. Ran across it recently and realized my first instincts were just fine for me. Selected pages Title Page. Not shocking no, just fucking terrible.

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Preferring to be known simply as ‘Acker’ the name she took from her first husband Robert, and which she continued to use even after a short-lived second marriage to composer Peter Gordonshe moved to London in the mid-eighties and stayed in Britain for five years. At times deliberately disgusting, at others blackly funny Janey’s analysis of The Scarlet Letter is twisted genius!

Up there with “Prozac too-early-in-my-life-it-was-too-late Nation” and “Girl, Interrupted” And in the same genre. It wasn’t any of these things, although admittedly they don’t make for a great story line. Each contract fell apart when Acker feuded with her editors. The Review of Contemporary Fiction.