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Kathy Acker
April 18, 1947 - November 30, 1997
Nationality: American
Category: Activist
Subcategory: American Activist

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


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.


You can do whatever you want with my work.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


I mean, once work's out there it's meant to be used.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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