Kathy Acker

Kathy Acker

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Author Profession: US Activist
Born: April 18, 1947
Died: November 30, 1997
Birth Sign: Aries

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

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.

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.

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

I mean, they censor your work when they're scared of it.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

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