Artists' writings First Edition Hardcover 345 pages 24 x 16 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 26 ORDER

Chris Kraus, After Kathy Acker. A Biography, Allen Lane, 2017

Kathy Acker: Rich girl, street punk, scholar, stripper, victim, media-whore ... and cultural icon.

The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, many of them created by her. Twenty years after her untimely death aged just 50, Acker's legend has faded, but her writing has become clearer. A few years ago, the writer Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick, found that her own experiences were becoming more and more like Kathy's. She began writing about Acker 'through the distance, but with this incredible frisson of feeling that often I could write "I" instead of "she."'

This is 'literary friction': The first fully authorised biography of the avant-garde writer Kathy Acker, by the woman who arrived on the scene straight after her, who shared some of her boyfriends and friends, and her artistic ambitions. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus traces the woman behind the notorious novels, and places her at the centre of a kaleidoscopic artistic world.

The path of the female artist. Is hell.

Fiction Soft cover, perfect binding 276 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 22 ORDER

Kathy Acker, Pussy, King of the Pirates, Grove Press, 1996

Loosely related to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, Pussy, King of the Pirates is a grrrl pirate story that journeys from the most famous whorehouse in Alexandria though an unidentified, crumbling city that may or may not be sometime in the future, to Brighton Town, England, and, finally, to a ship headed toward Pirate Island, where the stories converge and the vision ends.

Ransacking world history, literature, and language itself to speak to the current zeitgeist, Pussy, King of the Pirates is the literary analogue to the wild girl energy that dominates our rock and roll culture in the 1990s. A daring and passionate litany of disparate narratives and voices, poetry and prose, words and images, Kathy Acker’s newest novel is perhaps her most subversive to date. Her meditations on love, sex, death, and art have made her a writer like no one else working today.

Fiction Soft cover, perfect binding 165 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 24 ORDER

Kathy Acker, Blood and Guts in High School, Grove Press, 2000

Jamey lived in the locked room. Twice a day the Persian slave trader came in and taught her to be a whore. Otherwise there was nothing. Once day she found a pencil stub and scrap of paper in a forgotten corner of the room. She began to write down he life, starting with Parents stink (Her father, who is also her boyfriend, has fallen in love with another woman and is about to leave her). With Blood and Guts in High School, Kathy Acker, whose work has been labeled everthing from post-punk porn to post-punk feminism, has created a brilliantly subversive narrative built from conversation, description, conjecture, and moments snatched from history and literature.

Anthology Second Edition Softcover 1160 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 30 ORDER

Lisa Robertson, Matthew Stadler, Revolution: A Reader, Paraguay Press, Publication Studio, 2015

Co-published with Publication Studio, Portland, Revolution: A Reader collects texts from across many cultures and times and organizes them roughly along a chronology of living, from “beginning,” to “childhood,” “education,” “adulthood,” and “death.” The book brings the embodied fact of revolution into the lived present by engaging readers with language that takes us there, no matter where we are to begin with. We are all in revolution, now. Reading can make this fact primary and conscious and shared. Heavily annotated throughout, the book is, quite literally, a conversation. The annotations, by Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler — composed simultaneously and in response to one another — stitch a web of argument that links the book into a single thing, a reader. The book also features a narrative bibliography of revolution by David Brazil.

With texts by Kathy Acker, Etel Adnan, Vivienne Westwood, Dodie Bellamy, David Brazil, Edmund Burke, Mina Loy, Mahmoud Darwish, Oscar Wilde, Guy Davenport, Angela Davis, Gertrude Stein, Stacy Doris, Hannah Arendt, Saskia Sassen, Frantz Fanon, Shulamith Firestone, Louise Michel, Eileen Myles, Jean Genet, Michel Ragon, Donna Haraway, Oscar Tuazon and many more.

Criticism/Theory, Fiction Paperback 148 pages 17 x 11 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 15 ORDER

Kathy Acker, Hannibal Lecter, My Father, Semiotext(e), 1991

Edited by Acker for Semiotext(e) in 1991, this volume contains Acker's never-before published early writings, documentation of her obscenity trial, and the definitive interview about her life and work by Sylvère Lotringer.

“Acker: (...) The idea that you don't need to have a central identity, that a split identity [is] more a viable way in the world. I was splitting the I into false and true I's and I just wanted to see this false I was more or less real than the true I; what are the reality levels between false and true and how it worked. And of course there's no difference. By the end of TARANTULA, when I do the de Sade business, I can't tell what's true or false, except for actual dates. If I say I was born in 1748, I know that's false...“ (extract of Devoured by Myths, and interview with Sylvère Lotringer).

Criticism/Theory, Poetry First Edition Paperback 160 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 18 ORDER

Kathy Acker, McKenzie Wark, I'm Very Into You, Semiotext(e), 2015

I'm Very Into You, Correspondence 1995–1996 between Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark

“Why am I telling you all this? Partly ‘cause the whole queerness/identity thing for me stretches through everything, absolutely everything. Slipping between straight/gay is child’s play compared to slipping between writer/teacher/influence-peddler whatever. I forget who I am. You reminded me of who I prefer to be.” [M.W.]

“It’s two in the morning. . . I know what you mean about slipping roles: I love it, going high low, power helpless even captive, male female, all over the place, space totally together and brain-sharp, if it wasn’t for play I’d be bored stiff and I think boredom is the emotion I find most unbearable. . . ” [KA]

After Kathy Acker met McKenzie Wark on a trip to Australia in 1995, they had a brief fling and immediately began a heated two-week email correspondence. Their emails shimmer with insight, gossip, sex, and cultural commentary. They write in a frenzy, several times a day; their emails cross somewhere over the International Date Line, and themselves become a site of analysis. What results is an index of how two brilliant and idiosyncratic writers might go about a courtship across 7,500 miles of airspace—by pulling in Alfred Hitchcock, stuffed animals, Georges Bataille, Elvis Presley, phenomenology, Marxism, The X-files, psychoanalysis, and the I Ching.

Criticism/Theory, Source Book 240 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 42 ORDER

Sylvère Lotringer, David Morris, Schizo-Culture, 2 vol. set (The Event, The Book), Semiotext(e), 2014

The legendary 1975 “Schizo-Culture” conference, conceived by the early Semiotext(e) collective, began as an attempt to introduce the then-unknown radical philosophies of post-’68 France to the American avant-garde. The event featured a series of seminal papers, from Deleuze’s first presentation of the concept of the “rhizome” to Foucault’s introduction of his History of Sexuality project. The conference was equally important on a political level, and brought together a diverse group of activists, thinkers, patients, and ex-cons in order to address the challenge of penal and psychiatric institutions. The combination proved to be explosive, but amid the fighting and confusion “Schizo-Culture” revealed deep ruptures in left politics, French thought, and American culture.

The “Schizo-Culture” issue of the Semiotext(e) journal came three years later. Designed by a group of artists and filmmakers including Kathryn Bigelow and Denise Green, it documented the chaotic creativity of an emerging downtown New York scene, and offered interviews with artists, theorists, writers, and No Wave and pre-punk musicians together with new texts from Deleuze, Foucault, R. D. Laing, and other conference participants.

This slip-cased edition includes The Book: 1978, a facsimile reproduction of the original Schizo-Culture publication; and The Event: 1975, a previously unpublished and comprehensive record of the conference that set it all off. It assembles many previously unpublished texts, including a detailed selection of interviews reconstructing the events, and features Félix Guattari, William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Michel Foucault, Sylvère Lotringer, Guy Hocquenghem, Gilles Deleuze, John Rajchman, Robert Wilson, Joel Kovel, Jack Smith, Jean-François Lyotard, Ti-Grace Atkinson, François Peraldi, and John Cage.

Periodical Soft cover, perfect binding 93 pages 30 x 20 cm Texts in English, German, French   New       EUR 8 ORDER

Pétunia #3, Pétunia, 2011

Each issue of Pétunia is organised around subjective emergencies, not as a exhaustive summation of a subject but as an open, autonomous publication presenting multiple facets on a topic. Pétunia does not affiliate with territorial issues of current matters nor trends. Pétunia does not have chapters nor sections, but diverse textual forms, focusing largely on contemporary art : from theoretical texts to diary entries, to pure fiction or comics. All contributions remain in their original language, without translations.
 
The space and architecture issue:
This issue contains contributions by/about : Katarina Burin, Frances Stark, Laetitia Paviani, Lina Viste Gronli, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Géraldine Gourbe, Dorothée Dupuis, Emmanuelle Lainé, Clara Meister, Kitty Kraus, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Kathy Acker, Fiona Jardine, bell hooks, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Sisters of Jam, Spartacus Chetwynd, Elizabeth Diller.
 
Edited by Dorothée Dupuis, Lili Reynaud Dewar & Valerie Chartrain.

Source Book, Periodical Third Edition 245 pages 29 x 21 cm   Good condition       EUR 25 ORDER

Simon Dwyer (ed.), Rapid Eye #1, Creation Books, 1996

In this issue: Kathy Acker - William S. Burroughs - Brion Gysin - Derek Jarman - Jim Jones - Aleister Crowley - Austin Spare - Psychic TV- Charles Manson - Hubert Selby - Colin Wilson - Alchemy - Neoism - Tattoos & Piercing

Painters, cyberpunks, dog-boys, mad scientists, occultists, neoists, performance artists, film-makers, writerss, leopard-girls and voodoo horsemen. Hacking into the new virtual geography, where time and space do not exist, but where thought survives, as in art. In this age of transition and sensory overload, new ideas and organisations of perception form. To be marginalised, misunderstood, ignored, reviled. But melancholy can fuel creation. Imagination can replace fantasy. Hope can overcome fear. Different interpretations of the past and fresh approaches to art and technology can ensure the evolution and refinement of the perception of everyday life. In the virtual universe, there is no death.

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