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The literary culture, if you examine it,
by Kathy Acker

The literary culture, if you examine it,
the high literary culture is that which preserves the
government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker

But guys such as Allen and William are more supportive than most men.
- Kathy Acker

I mean, they censor your work when they're scared of it.
- Kathy Acker

One of the reasons I think the ultra right-wing has
such power in this country is that no one talks out.
- Kathy Acker

 

That's what the right-wing is good at:
figuring out the left wing.
- Kathy Acker

I'm really fascinated and you know I've been wondering
about that usage of language,
various breathing techniques and why in these practices
language is being used in another way.
- Kathy Acker

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm.
Like with jazz.
You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it.
And the riffs are about timing.
- Kathy Acker

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I think it's really important to find out why people
hurt you or try to oppose you or whatever.
- Kathy Acker

Yeah, I mean, I put work out there for people to use
and I'm grateful when you use it.
- Kathy Acker

You can do whatever you want with my work.
- Kathy Acker

I question: do we really understand the differences
between modernist and postmodernist?
- Kathy Acker

But I still don't have a clear idea of what my voice is.
- Kathy Acker

I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo,
The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those
writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists.
- Kathy Acker

Traveling around I don't think people are that horrible,
I think they just don't know.
- Kathy Acker

You know I've had work banned.
- Kathy Acker

I'm very staid compared to my students,
actually.
- Kathy Acker

On the surface we all act like we all love each other and we're free and easy,
and actually we're far more moralistic than any other
society I've ever lived in.
- Kathy Acker

Well, fear and homophobia are both pervasive.
- Kathy Acker

I found my voice was a reaction to all that voice stuff.
- Kathy Acker

I think what we have in this country is a little more
dangerous in a way because it can't be seen fully.
It's sorta internal censorship.
We censor each other.
- Kathy Acker

I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things
like this is to get as much media as possible.
- Kathy Acker

I write it to get it out of me.
I don't write it to remember it.
- Kathy Acker

I mean, once work's out there it's meant to be used.
- Kathy Acker

Some of the stuff about Yogi energy is really fascinating.
- Kathy Acker

We've been very bad at understanding why the right-wing does things.
- Kathy Acker

I wasn't really into body piercings until I found that
about half my female students had them.
- Kathy Acker

First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing -
more and more I think is magic.
- Kathy Acker

There's a backlash against womyn that's really bad right now.
- Kathy Acker

And internalization is used in this country as a very
effective political tool.
- Kathy Acker

And I'm working at trying to find a kind of language
where I won't be so easily modulated by expectation.
- Kathy Acker

I understand that when people read my books that there's something there -
but I don't identify with it.
- Kathy Acker

We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways -
you know minor ways and major ways -
like what you've just encountered which isn't censorship exactly,
it was something sort of uglier in a way.
- Kathy Acker

I might be writing what people expect me to write,
writing from that place where I might be ruled by economic considerations.
To overcome that, I started working with my dreams,
because I'm not so censored when I use dream material.
- Kathy Acker

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
- Stephen King

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own.
- Laurence Housman

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive,
divisionist, literary.
- Robert Delaunay

Satire lies about literary men while they live and
eulogy lies about them when they die.
- Voltaire

A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles,
from the most primitive literary expressions up to
the most refined products of the baroque.
- Juan Goytisolo

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year,
must alter; he must seek new literary influences;
he will have different emotions to express.
- T. S. Eliot

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic,
obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
- Leon Edel

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing,
Literary and Dramatic.
- Shelley Berman

Books on horse racing subjects have never done well,
and I am told that publishers had come to think of
them as the literary version of box office poison.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress,
even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
- Charles Baudelaire

One learns little more about a man from the feats of
his literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.
- Frank Moore Colby

The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -
and even,
in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.
- Paul de Man

The real literary editors have mostly been fired.
Those that remain are all "bottom line" editors;
everything depends on the money.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility
for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders,
that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
- W. H. Auden

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns
of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary
mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
- Norman Spinrad

Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material?
- Ellen Glasgow

They say the test of literary power is whether a man
can write an inscription.
I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
- Samuel Butler

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion
is made up of the opinion of all the others.
Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
- Marcel Proust

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history,
their past, their tradition, their national symbols,
their way of living, often their own literary language.
- Slobodan Milosevic

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities
of escape are getting fewer.
We have jobs, children, partners, debts.
This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.
- Mark Haddon

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

I read a book a day when I was a kid.
My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.
- Amy Tan

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down -
there have only been three or four SF movies in the
history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- Dan Simmons

In England, literary pretence is more universal than
elsewhere from our method of education.
- James Payn

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature,
that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
- Thomas Carlyle

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very,
style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary
productions of earlier and later times.
- Philip Schaff

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White

The more melancholy side of my literary personality
is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe

Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman
in this epoch does the important literary thinking.
- Gertrude Stein

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency,
I am also an ebook publisher.
- Richard Curtis

Anonymous sources are a practice of American journalism
in the 20th and 21st century,
a relatively recent practice.
The literary tradition of anonymity goes back to the Bible.
- Joe Klein

And in down times it shakes a lot of the bad SF out,
a lot the stuff that was bought for literary reasons,
which is neither entertaining nor great literature.
- Jerry Pournelle

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland


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