Kathy Acker

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Joseph Keckler by Olivia Laing
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Writer and vocalist Keckler performs impersonations of obscure larger-than-life personalities he meets. In her first novel, Laing impersonates Kathy Acker.

“To Lie Is to Try”: Two Books on Kathy Acker by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Kathy Acker By Rick Mcginnis

Chris Kraus and Douglas A. Martin conjure the iconoclastic author.

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz by Risa Puleo
Boudry Lorenz Bomb 3

“We insist on repeating moments of liberation, as a kind of sustainable practice.”

from I’m Very Into You by Kathy Acker & McKenzie Wark
Alphonso Lingis 2 Bomb

Oh will I remember all that you just wrote? Memory slips even more than… what?… gender (is that self? not here)… 

Requiem by Kathy Acker

Scene I. This could be a room in any corporate office. Dark red couches, strewn here and there like the small rugs below them, light up the grey of the walls.

Empire of the Senseless by Kathy Acker

This is what Abhor, who’s my partner and part robot, told me was her childhood:

Memory (One Kind of Time) by Kathy Acker
Carl Apfelschnitt

It was a long hot summer. She lay moaning on the fields where the straw grew.

The Following Myth of Romantic Suffering Has to be Done Away With by Kathy Acker
Martha Diamond 01

Writing must be a machine for breaking down, that is, allowing the now uncontrolled and uncontrollable reconstitutions of thoughts and expressions.

Kathy Acker by Mark Magill
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In an unorthodox interview with TV writer and producer Mark Magill, novelist and feminist critic Kathy Acker talks about marriage, sex, God, the Thirteenth Amendment, and baseball.

D.S. Part II of Desire, A Play by Kathy Acker

6. Sitting here I see through the glass restaurant door, a three-foot wide rivulet of black water, flowing, now stagnant, against cobblestones, each one slightly apart from the ones surrounding it. 

Part One of Desire: A play in two parts by Kathy Acker

OPHELIA to her father POLONIUS: Daddy, can’t I go out? I’m bored. You’re keeping me locked up here like I’m a piece of dry goods.

Great Expectations by Kathy Acker
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My father’s name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit that Pip. So I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

Michael McClard by Kathy Acker
Motivestill

Motive is a S8 Feature Film produced by Liza Bear and Michael McClard/ Written and directed by Michael McClard/ Starring Jimmy DeSana with Paula Greif, and Tim Collins, John Lurie, Rae Spencer-Cullen and Betsy Sussler. Motive premiered at the New Cinema in April of 1979.

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