Chris Kraus on Post-Punk Literary Icon Kathy Acker

Until untimely death in 1997, post-punk icon Kathy Acker terrorised the literary scenes in New , later, London novels that mixed raw, diaristic writing formal innovation searing intellect. At the height of her career, she achieved the kind of cross-over fame that other writers could dream of. Yet by the end of the 90s, the image that she had created for herself – the peroxide blonde crop, extensive tattoos gothic wardrobe – had largely over scholarly reading of her work. In After Kathy Acker , Chris Kraus , of the cult novel I Love Dick , makes persuasive argument for why we should be taking Kathy Acker more seriously. I caught up with her via Skype to discuss autofiction, the myth of the genius how to write a truthful biography. Chloe Stead: After Kathy Acker opens with the scattering of Acker’s ashes, but before the reader is given a picture of what happened there, you warn us about the fragility of these memories. What was your decision in starting the biography this way? Chris Kraus: Writing a biography – like writing any history – is highly subjective […]

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