Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Kathy Acker


Eat Your Mind: The Radical Life and Work of Kathy Acker

Product Details

$29.99  $27.89
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
6.39 X 9.29 X 1.25 inches | 1.97 pounds

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About the Author

Jason McBride's work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineNew York magazine, The BelieverThe Village VoiceThe Globe and Mail (Toronto), Hazlitt, and many others. He lives in Toronto. Eat Your Mind is his first book.


Kathy Acker was a brilliant bundle of fascinating contradictions, and one of the brightest stars in a period when New York was the world center of creativity. Jason McBride has written a sympathetic, studious biography. He deserves every award for the depth of his research and the verve of his writing.--Edmund White, winner of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

At times hilarious, at other times a tear-jerker, Eat Your Mind elucidates Kathy Acker's complex genius in all its outrageous, tender, brutal glory. Jason McBride has written a page-turner worthy of hyperbole. A tour de force!--Dodie Bellamy, author of Bee Reaved

A great and timely biography of Kathy Acker. Unafraid to celebrate the complex intellectual histories that form both outer skin and inner guts of Acker's work, her interweaving of ideology and aesthetics, her passionate conviction that the avant-garde was something to be lived as much as written, McBride has produced a study genuinely faithful to his brilliant, difficult subject.--Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder

Writers' lives are seldom of much biographical interest, but Kathy Acker's had enough incident for a shelf of novels. She was as singular, passionate, and complex in her life as she was in her work, and Jason McBride accounts for it all with admirable thoroughness and equanimity, in lucid and dispassionate prose.--Lucy Sante, author of Low Life

An elegant, engaging account of one of the twentieth century's most important writer-bandits, which traces the twists and turns of her life with great empathy and sensitivity. Eat Your Mind is a feast, full of delicious anecdotes and tasty scraps of previously unpublished material, and a master class in writing the biography of a subject who is always trying to slip the net of narrative.--Lauren Elkin, author Flâneuse

"A wholly unique, insightful look at Acker, whose work remains highly relevant today."--Book Riot

"This book is going to be a barn-burner, the literary biography of the year."--Jeet Heer, The Nation

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