We don't have a clue what it is to be male or female, or if there are intermediate genders. Male and female might be fields which overlap into androgyny or different kinds of sexual desires. But because we live in a Western, patriarchal world, we have very little chance of exploring these gender possibilities.

— Kathy Acker

The most unforgettable Kathy Acker quotes that are free to learn and impress others

Women need to become literary "criminals," break the literary laws and reinvent their own, because the established laws prevent women from presenting the reality of their lives.

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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.

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Even a woman who has the soul of a pirate, at least pirate morals, even a woman who prefer loneliness to the bickerings and constraints of heterosexual marriage, even such a woman who is a freak in our society needs a home... The only characteristic freaks share is our knowledge that we don't fit in.

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There's a point at which when I start to know a man well--this isn't true of women--I wonder whether there's something in him that's evil. Something that's pure and can't be touched. This quality of evil may be related to the quality of artistry, for an artist has the same characteristics.

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If you ask me what I want, I'll tell you. I want everything.

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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.

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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.

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There are times when the law jeopardizes those who obey it.

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Perhaps if human desire is said out loud, the urban planes, the prisons, the architectural mirrors will take off, as airplanes do. The black planes will take off into the night air and the night winds, sliding past and behind each other, zooming, turning and turning in the redness of the winds, living, never to return.

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

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My nutritionist read my pathology report and said, "There's only one way you can beat your cancer." "What's that?" "You have to find out what caused it.

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But : We're still human. Human because we keep on battling against all these horrors, the horrors caused and not caused by us. We battle not in order to stay alive, that would be too materalistic, for we are body and spirit, but in order to love each other.

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About Kathy Acker

Quotes 81 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

In such a society as ours the only possible chance for change, for mobility, for political, economic, and moral flow lies in the tactics of guerrilla warfare, in the use of fictions, of language.

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Every one-night-stand or man in a one-night-stand is like every other one-night-stand or man in a one-night-stand because the sex in a one-night-stand is without time and only time allows value.

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We come crawling through these cracks, orphans, lobotomies;

if you ask me what I want, I'll tell you. I want everything. Whole rotten world come down and break. Let me spread my legs.

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But now that she had achieved knighthood, and thought and acted as she wanted and decided, for one has to act in this way in order to save this world, she neither noticed nor cared that all the people around her thought she was insane.

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

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

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You create identity, you're not given identity per se.

What became more and more interesting to me wasn't the I, it was text because it's text that create identity. That's how I got interested in plagiarism.

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Writing must be a machine for breaking down, that is, allowing the now uncontrolled and uncontrollable reconstitutions of thoughts and expressions. All other kinds of writing simply express.

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You know I've had work banned.

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Every day a sharp tool, a powerful destroyer, is necessary to cut away dullness, lobotomy, buzzing, belief in human beings, stagnancy, images, and accumulation. As soon as we stop believing in human beings, rather know we are dogs and trees, we'll start to be happy.

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Some of the stuff about Yogi energy is really fascinating.

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LESBIANS are women who prefer their own ways to male ways.

LESBIANS prefer the convoluting halls of sensuality to direct goal-pursuing mores. LESBIANS have made a small world deep within and separated from the world.What has usually been called the world is the male world.

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It's all up to you, girls. You have to be strong. These are the days of post-women's liberation. You have grown up by now and you have to take care of yourself. No one's going to help you.

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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.

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Dreams are manifestations of identities.

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

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

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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.

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After Hatuey, a fifteenth-century Indian insurrectionist, had been fixed to the stake, his Spanish captors extended him the choice of converting to Christianity and ascending to Heaven of going unrepentantly to Hell. Gathering that his executioners expected to go to heaven, Hatuey chose the other

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A language is the appearances of connections therefore language as in writing doesn't express anything: it creates.

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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.

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

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It was only when we were in that bed, high above the world - then I thought the birds could have been circling around our bodies circled around each other - that we made our world totally separated from everything else. It was the only way we could be together.

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Pain is the world. I don't have anywhere to run.

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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.

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

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

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I found my voice was a reaction to all that voice stuff.

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

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

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GET RID OF MEANING. YOUR MIND IS A NIGHTMARE THAT HAS BEEN EATING YOU: NOW EAT YOUR MIND.

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The only reaction against an unbearable society is equally unbearable nonsense.

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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.

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Everytime you read, you are walking among the dead, and, if you are listening, you just might hear prophecies.

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There must be a secret hidden in this book or else you wouldn't bother to read it

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The more rapidly the water moves, the lighter it seems.

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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.

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