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Kathy Acker (née Karen Lehmann) was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer.
(1947 - 1997)

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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.
 

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.
 

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

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 mean, they censor your work when they're scared of 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 question: do we really understand the differences between modernist and postmodernist?
 

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 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 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.
 

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

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.
 

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.
 

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

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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