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So we create this world in our own image. This is not a story of pedophilia and child abuse, because there are no children here. The world in which Janey lives is a jail run by a cannibalistic society that feeds on the kids’ need for love and understanding.

Apr 12, Stevie rated it did not like it Shelves: Not shocking no, just fucking terrible. And I’m just not feeling it anymore. The novel uses typographical attack weapons enormous fonts! I won’t claim to catch more than a fraction of the references here, Acker being better-read by age 30 than I, it seems, but that’s just fine, this offers plenty regardless, and I’ll be happy to keep this in the back of my mind as I discover the sources for years to come. She passes the days writing her slaver love poe Poor pliant Janey just wants to be loved, but when her father dumps her at the age of 10 for a sexier girlfriend, and then ships her off bolod a New York boarding school, her only option, naturally, is to fall in with a street gang called the Scorpions and devote her pre-teens to a life of petty theft, random sex and schol abortions.

Blood and Guts in High School

There was always something touching and trusting about Acker’s belief that her audience would not want a smooth finished product of the kind they could buy at any dime store, but would prefer to be in on the process — flying when she did, falling when she did, nothing leveled out or homogenized.


It felt subversive and important. Laura Parnes has created a “re-imagining” of this novel using video. Thank God I didn’t read this as a teenager. Harry Doble I would recommend Lisa Suckdog, particularly her memoir Drugs are Nice, which is non-fiction but very much in the same vein. Some readers might enjoy Acker’s pastiche-driven, typographically varied narrative but that didn’t work for this reader.

Jun 12, Nate D rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Finally, inBlood and Guts was accepted by Picador, to appear in her explosive January London debut volume.

Furthermore, Acker’s satire of cshool modern society is rough and merciless: Nov 20, Shovelmonkey1 rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Kathy would enjoy, I think, these contradictions. Unlike arthouse films which often work on using odd concepts to create an allegorical or metaphorical story, oftentimes it doesn’t come out right with books, and this is one such case.

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I knew I would love this one. Jul 30, Blake Nelson rated it really liked it. Unfortunately, Janey has cancer. 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 acksr my interest started to wane. Time I got one of those. On a lighter note, opening a page which contains nothing but a large 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.

A second of time. Zcker current, it doesn’t rank as something I’d be that interested in though at the time it blew my mind but her style, her ruthlessness, the raw sexuality, the insanity and craziness of her books this one in particular her daring to use and abuse language really liberated my creative process.

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Nov 30, Nomy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Selected pages Title Page. Seriously, what’s this supposed to be? This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Jo Bonney Cover Designer. Absolutely the worst book I have ever read, and I’ve read a lot of books.

By the time Janey is 14, she has been kidnapped by a malaprop-cracking dwarf and forced into a life of prostitution. Another critical review that Blood and Guts received is the narrative technique in the story.

Here’s a polarizing one, huh? Using the mechanism of sexual and economic oppression, Acker is able to actualize the taboo surrounding incest by associating it with capitalism to demystify the oedipal formation of desire in the Western culture Hawkins And painfully dated references to President Carter.

On a lighter note, opening a page which contains nothing but a large drawing of a cunt while sat on a packed tube train, evoked a noticeable reaction in the commuters around me. I wasn’t surprised to find out that meeting Kathy Acker was some kind of significant event for Hanna. Rather than return to her small-press comfort zone, she decided to hang on.

Of course, Janey the dreamer also has no escape, and her body and sanity are bound to die. I’m glad I worked up to this via Acker’s first two published novels, which were messy and serially enjoyable, because thye underscore all her techniques while also revealing how elegantly arranged and plotted this one is.

Text, illustration, mixed fonts, pag I knew I would love this one.

In fact, it felt a whole lot like all the shit I woke up at 5pm and read that I wrote on a youthful rebellious cocaine binge when I was about 19 years old.