The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec
San Francisco: 1975-1976. First Edition. Wrappers. 6 vols. 1st edition. Self–wrappers, as issued. Some stains (one of them red, from Acker’s oft used, water–based, red ink) else very good with no chips or tears. Her 4th book and 3rd novel, hand–made and self–published in an edition of 100 or so copies, then mailed serially to subscribers only. Very good. Item #839
Acker does her usual rendition of the pissed–off grrrrl who is punk–proud of it, with a stupefying tundra of wanton sex, piston hips, smashed up rules of language, a constant foiling of time and place, and every word you would not use in front of children, all of it titillatingly autobiographical in her distinctive, bohemian–realist, post–nouveau roman, experimental pastiche, copulation–positive, gangsta deadpan style of literary terrorism, widely praised as willful, rebellious, deflating, and innovatively mutinous, or scorned as the longest suicide note in history. It’s all shaped by her life experiences of privileged academics, social exclusion, working the pole, and fucking guys for the free t–shirt, and though she is still unappreciated for the ground she broke (not that the world is ready for her anyway), 20 years from now Kathy Acker Day will be celebrated across America, as mothers on the ragged edge come together for lightning raids on gynecologists’ offices, to tear down pictures of cheery babies, and replace them with photographs of sullen teenagers moping at the family breakfast table.