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And I'm working at trying to find a kind of language where I won't be so easily modulated by expectation. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I write it to get it out of me. I don't write it to remember it. ---->>>

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.

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.

I think it's really important to find out why people hurt you or try to oppose you or whatever. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

That's what the right-wing is good at: figuring out the left wing. ---->>>

First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing - more and more I think is magic. ---->>>

I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible. ---->>>

I wasn't really into body piercings until I found that about half my female students had them. ---->>>

One of the reasons I think the ultra right-wing has such power in this country is that no one talks out. ---->>>

There's a backlash against womyn that's really bad right now. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

But guys such as Allen and William are more supportive than most men. ---->>>

You can do whatever you want with my work. ---->>>

I understand that when people read my books that there's something there - but I don't identify with it. ---->>>

I'm very staid compared to my students, actually. ---->>>

Some of the stuff about Yogi energy is really fascinating. ---->>>

And internalization is used in this country as a very effective political tool. ---->>>

But I still don't have a clear idea of what my voice is. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I question: do we really understand the differences between modernist and postmodernist? ---->>>

Traveling around I don't think people are that horrible, I think they just don't know. ---->>>

We've been very bad at understanding why the right-wing does things. ---->>>

Well, fear and homophobia are both pervasive. ---->>>

Yeah, I mean, I put work out there for people to use and I'm grateful when you use it. ---->>>

You know I've had work banned. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-18, 1947
Birthplace:
Die: 11-30, 1997
Occupation: Activist
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Kathy Acker (née Karen Lehmann; April 18, 1947 – November 30, 1997) was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer. She was strongly influenced by the Black Mountain School, William S. Burroughs, David Antin, French critical theory, philosophy and pornography (wikipedia)