Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy AckerJaney lived in the locked room. Twice a day the Persian slave trader came in and taught her to be a whore. Otherwise there was nothing. One day she found a pencil stub and scrap of paper in a forgotten corner of the room. 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 about to leave her).
With Blood and Guts in High School, Kathy 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.
Blood and Guts in High School
Acker is a landmark writer' Jeanette Winterson. This is the story of Janey, who lived in a locked room, where she found a scrap of paper and began to write down her life. It's a story of lust, sex, pain, youth, punk, anarchy, gangs, the city, feminism, America, Jean Genet and the prisons we create for ourselves. A heady, surreal mash-up of coming-of-age tale, prose, poetry, plagiarism and illustration, Kathy Acker's breakthrough novel caused huge controversy and made her an avant-garde literary icon. Published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Kathy Acker's untimely death, Blood and Guts in High School is published for the first time in Penguin Classics, acknowledging the profound impact she has had on our culture, and alongside the authors her work pulsates with the influence of: William S.
Blood and Guts in High School is a novel by Kathy Acker. It was written in the late s and copyrighted in It traveled a complex and circuitous route to.
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Kathy Acker was the most intentional of writers, but paradoxically, while Blood and Guts propelled her mids commercial breakthrough, it was her least intended work. 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 Dreams cause the vision world to break loose our consciousness , Acker writes in Blood and Guts. And also: Dear dreams, you are the only thing that matter. Working on her first serial novel, The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula , in Solana Beach in , she attempted to regain a childhood consciousness, pushing herself toward a point of self-dissolution through sex and hallucinogenic drugs.