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Blood and Guts in High School

In New York City she joins a gang, the Scorpions. How has this “novel” stayed on the list?

I wonder whether the Holy Office wasn’t more sensitive to culture than we are nowadays. Oct 02, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: Also the fact that Acker’s female protagonist is a mere ten year old who dies by the age of fourteen doesn’t really give her much of a say in how ackef life is run. She’s also never really given many choices.

It’s also a heartrending, often poetic celebration of its potential: And I’m just not feeling it anymore. Each contract fell apart when Acker feuded with her editors.

Janey Smith wants power, and she wants to know how power works systemically in the larger world. She seems to be addicted to sex and does not care whom she sleeps with.


I thought that people today, when they move move only by car, train, boat, or plane and so move only on roads. At 18, she left home and worked as a stripper. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Selected pages Title Page. I could not stand this book when I first found it. Eventually the right eye brow got tired of being sceptically raised and I had to give it a rest and raise the left one instead. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

It is the only art which is not sensual. The Review of Contemporary Fiction. The work itself developed over time. 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.

Robotic slaves to capitalist materialism have no escape when their dreams die. The Mayan temples surrounding her house in Mexico remind us of the ritual slaughtering of kids as offerings and scapegoats; while the ancient tribes killed their offspring in order to appease their gods, our society sacrifices kids to its lust and dissatisfaction. With Blood and Guts in High SchoolKathy Acker, whose work has been labeled everything from post-punk porn to post-punk feminism, has created a brilliantly subversive narrative built from conversation, description, conjecture, and moments snatched from history and literature.


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 abou Janey lived in the locked room. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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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. Want to Read saving…. If there’s ever been a line of appropriateness drawn in any higj, Acker’s novel pukes on it and keeps on trucking. So they find the book, have a glimpse of its contents and Janey dies.

Not rarefied, not back-dated, not dull, just something you suddenly wanted — the way you suddenly want to be kissed by someone you hadn’t even looked at before.

This was one of the most off-putting and obnoxious pieces of literature I’ve faced recently.

He took them all.