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Beautiful, shattering Contrasting her first writing with her last writing The 1997 stories, drawing from Acker s experiences with the breast cancer that would eventually kill her, are heartbreaking. I am kind of tired of all these collections of early Acker work, as they repeat and milk her writings Much of this is still understated, as this includes works in progress, various attempts at subversions and so on Still, like many of these collections of her earlier writings, if you like her stuff and want , this is one way to get at it I wouldn t read any of these collections if you were just looking for a taste Read Pussy King of the Pirates, Blood and Guts in Highschool or Empire ofI am kind of tired of all these collections of early Acker work, as they repeat and milk her writings Much of this is still understated, as this includes works in progress, various attempts at subversions and so on Still, like many of these collections of her earlier writings, if you like her stuff and want , this is one way to get at it I wouldn t read any of these collections if you were just looking for a taste Read Pussy King of the Pirates, Blood and Guts in Highschool or Empire of the Senseless if you want acompleted sense of what Acker is doing.Having said this, I did enjoy her plays here, and I don t normally enjoy plays Kathy Acker 1947 1997 was a literary terrorist She was a novelist, performance artist, playwright and essayist Kathy Acker is known for her postmodern, experimental, and sex positive feminism Her radical and at times seemingly anarchic aesthetic stances made Kathy Acker a Punk icon.The quote above taken out of KATHY ACKER BIOGRAPHY, gives one a good idea as to what to expect from the work The first part of this collection is the play short story Eurydice in the Underworld which was wri Kathy Acker 1947 1997 was a literary terrorist She was a novelist, performance artist, playwright and essayist Kathy Acker is known for her postmodern, experimental, and sex positive feminism Her radical and at times seemingly anarchic aesthetic stances made Kathy Acker a Punk icon.The quote above taken out of KATHY ACKER BIOGRAPHY, gives one a good idea as to what to expect from the work The first part of this collection is the play short story Eurydice in the Underworld which was written by Acker in the last year of her life can serve as a glimpse as to what to expect form Ackers fiction.It s highly autobiographical, Acker suffered at the time of writing through a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer and the play is vaguely strung around a woman s awakening after surgery having been performed on her, it borrows from the established, in this case the well know greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Orpheus entering the underworld in an attempt to rescue his wife Eurydice who had been taken from him but failing at the last instant, and transplants it into a highly sexual, experimental, and angry storyto come I have to admit I skipped the two very play plays The birth of the poet and Requiem because I can never enjoy reading plays, as I don t enjoy watching musicals But as William S Burroughs says Acker gives her work the power to mirror the reader s soul so I decided to stick to what I could relate to And I have to say I could relate to some passages so close that it made me uncomfortable And I nothing but appreciate a book that is able to give me some strong emotions, helped by Acker s I have to admit I skipped the two very play plays The birth of the poet and Requiem because I can never enjoy reading plays, as I don t enjoy watching musicals But as William S Burroughs says Acker gives her work the power to mirror the reader s soul so I decided to stick to what I could relate to And I have to say I could relate to some passages so close that it made me uncomfortable And I nothing but appreciate a book that is able to give me some strong emotions, helped by Acker s powerful, dirty, messy and somewhat repetitive writing Her characters are utterly real and seem to embrace their flaws with desperation and pride they have some kind of honesty that allows to acknowledge their behaviour without glorifying nor demonising it, and to apply the same kind of reasoning to myself Burroughs was right &FREE PDF ⇛ Eurydice in the Underworld ⇲ This is an anthology of short fiction and other writings by Acker, including Politics, her debut work written at the age of , and The Translations of the Diaries of Laure the Schoolgirl, plus The Birth of a Poet, a play in three acts It also features an interview with Acker Babys Watch / A Hero of Her Own including Politics Captivated by the Millionaire her debut work written at the age of Desire Island - The Niece and The Translations of the Diaries of Laure the Schoolgirl A Mighty Big Wish plus The Birth of a Poet The Story Keeper a play in three acts It also features an interview with Acker