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Kathy Acker

Acker in 1984
Born Karen Lehmann
(1947-04-18)April 18, 1947
New York City, United States
Died November 30, 1997(1997-11-30) (aged 50)
Tijuana, Mexico
Occupation Novelist, playwright, essayist, poet
Notable works Blood and Guts in High School (novel)
Great Expectations
New York (short story)
Notable awards Pushcart Prize (1979)
Spouse Robert Acker (1966–????)
Peter Gordon (1976, annulled)

And I'm working at trying to find a kind of language where I won't be so easily modulated by expectation.
Kathy Acker
Yeah, I mean, I put work out there for people to use and I'm grateful when you use it.
Kathy Acker
But guys such as Allen and William are more supportive than most men.
And internalization is used in this country as a very effective political tool.
Kathy Acker
I question: do we really understand the differences between modernist and postmodernist?
Kathy Acker
Some of the stuff about Yogi energy is really fascinating.
I'm very staid compared to my students, actually.
That's what the right-wing is good at: figuring out the left wing.
Traveling around I don't think people are that horrible, I think they just don't know.
Kathy Acker
You can do whatever you want with my work.
You know I've had work banned.
I think it's really important to find out why people hurt you or try to oppose you or whatever.
Kathy Acker
I'm really fascinated and you know I've been wondering about that usage of language, various breathing techniques and why in these practices language is being used in another way.
Kathy Acker
First of all, writing at best – certainly fiction writing – more and more I think is magic.
Kathy Acker
I write it to get it out of me. I don't write it to remember it.
There's a backlash against womyn that's really bad right now.
I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo, The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists.
Kathy Acker
One of the reasons I think the ultra right-wing has such power in this country is that no one talks out.
Kathy Acker
Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing.
Kathy Acker
Well, fear and homophobia are both pervasive.
I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible.
Kathy Acker
We've been very bad at understanding why the right-wing does things.
I wasn't really into body piercings until I found that about half my female students had them.
Kathy Acker
The literary culture, if you examine it, the high literary culture is that which preserves the government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
Kathy Acker
But I still don't have a clear idea of what my voice is.
I mean, they censor your work when they're scared of it.
On the surface we all act like we all love each other and we're free and easy, and actually we're far more moralistic than any other society I've ever lived in.
Kathy Acker
And internalization is used in this country as a very effective political tool.
Kathy Acker
We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways – you know minor ways and major ways – like what you've just encountered which isn't censorship exactly, it was something sort of uglier in a way.
Kathy Acker
I might be writing what people expect me to write, writing from that place where I might be ruled by economic considerations. To overcome that, I started working with my dreams, because I'm not so censored when I use dream material.
Kathy Acker
I understand that when people read my books that there's something there – but I don't identify with it.
Kathy Acker
I think what we have in this country is a little more dangerous in a way because it can't be seen fully. It's sorta internal censorship. We censor each other.
Kathy Acker
I found my voice was a reaction to all that voice stuff.
I mean, once work's out there it's meant to be used.