After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography
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Kathy Acker: Rich girl, street punk, scholar, stripper, victim, media-whore … and cultural icon.
The late Kathy Acker’s legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, many of them created by her. Twenty years after her untimely death aged just 50, Acker’s legend has faded, but her writing has become clearer.
A few years ago, the writer Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick, found that her own experiences were becoming more and more like Kathy’s. She began writing about Acker ‘through the distance, but with this incredible frisson of feeling that often I could write “I” instead of “she.”‘
This is ‘literary friction’: The first fully authorised biography of the avant-garde writer Kathy Acker, by the woman who arrived on the scene straight after her, who shared some of her boyfriends and friends, and her artistic ambitions.
Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus traces the woman behind the notorious novels, and places her at the centre of a kaleidoscopic artistic world.
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It’s Summer, 1991, the dawning of the New World Order; a post-MTV, pre-AOL generation. Jerome Shafir and Sylvie Green, two former New Yorkers who can no longer afford an East Village apartment, set off on a journey across the entire former Soviet Bloc with the intention of adopting a Romanian orphan. Unflinchingly dark, hilarious and […]139 SEK
I Love Dick
When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into […]129 SEK