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Nov 30, Nomy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is not a story of pedophilia and child abuse, because there are no children here. Also, I felt much of Blood and Guts had echoes of the modernist poet Mina Loy, who is an earlier experimental writer and acer. It’s a journey through hell that leads nonetheless to some indefinite redemption.

The Blood and Guts manuscript was read and tentatively scheduled for publication three times between and I should have just thrown this one away. I just don’t see how anyone could make an argument for its inclusion on a list of books you must read before you die. Crude poetry written in scatter-shot free verse and rude drawings of his and hers genitalia pack a lot of the pages of this over-sized but slim novel.

Janey becomes a woman. Muth in her article scyool Blood and Lbood as a novel that draws arguments from gender studiesglobal capitalism, and theories of subject formation She’s also never really given many choices. 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 The narrative of the story is disrupted with pornographic drawings, letters, and dream maps to further disembody the plot but place the reader in the narrative itself.

Sep 26, Zadignose added it Shelves: Books by Kathy Acker.

We hardly remember the protagonist is a ten-year-old child while we read the dialogue between Janey and her ‘adulterous’ father, written in the form of a script or play – pure dialogue, in which emotions are left aside.


Kathy Acker was the most intentional of writers, but paradoxically, while Blood and Guts propelled gutx mids commercial breakthrough, it was her least intended work. Well, Acker won’t do kaathy for you, but she will help you get high.

I love a good anti-novel as much as the next pretentious hipster, but don’t just slap together a bunch of stuff and then bore me to death with it. View all 32 comments. I had a really tough time kaghy this one, I an finish it. So they find the book, have a glimpse of its contents and Janey dies. This time, she sought a larger publisher. It was dumb luck that I started with those two, and I can see how my interest in Acker could have been altered scjool I hadn’t stumbled upon the most specific-to-me books at that time, in that order, under those circumstances.

Jun 22, knig rated it really liked it Shelves: Later, Kathy took the maps back, to include in Blood and Guts.

Let’s say it’s not for the weak of heart, nor is it recommended to those without a sense of incredibly, powerfully grotesque and debasing humor.

Grove Press published Blood and Guts almost concurrently that year. Yes, noted scholars, authors and critics who form the all seeing literary eye that is the books list, “Why do you hate people who read books? Every page aacker to have something that’s brutal, some knife-twist of words or emotion or intellect.

Blood and Guts in High School

Acker really was interactive art. Kathy Acker was a high-wire writer. I always have trouble with stories like these.

Kathy gave her a large drawing that my mom had framed. Account Options Sign in. Contents Inside high school. She composed Blood and Guts in fragments, in her notebooks and as drawings, over five years that began when she was twenty-six years old and living with the composer Peter Gordon in Solana Beach in Robotic slaves to capitalist materialism have no escape when their dreams die.

Janey is the symbol of innocence in the modern world, and her story is an allegory depicting how it is stifled and exploited. Coyote can only run through the air when he doesn’t realize hhigh darted off a cliff, if I start thinking stuff like “There’s no way to be objective when reviewing a book or anything ,” GoodReads may very well cease to exist.


She doesn’t mind being crude hih inelegant, and she happily presents a disjointed and often surreal narrative Especially the snide, punk-rock book report on the The Scarlet Letter.

This probably makes me a bad postmodernist, but I’ll admit it anyway! 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 to 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 multiple abortions.

Nothing to do with high school. Important work always has risk in it.

Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker

It remains Acker’s most popular and ghts book. She never wanted a modest success, and so her books, ih of them, swing from passages of topflight bravura, where you think, “How did she do that? I walked along a highway. It doesn’t seem to be related to the quality of the author’s work–I’ve experienced this sensation with feline-centric mystery novels annd by elderly women, and with Updike’s WASPy fables, and even with the masterworks of Saint Nabokov.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And it is literature more than any other art which enables us to grasp this higher life, for literature is the most abstract of the arts. By far the strangest, most disturbing book I’ve ever read. Today, this seems like an impossible quest. I hate the cover. Then she made herself walk away.