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Chris Kraus on Kathy Acker, moderated by Thad Ziolkowski

MAR 15, 2018 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


March 15, 2018: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM




Leon Levy Center for Biography


Chris Kraus's After Kathy Acker is the first authorized biography of postmodernism's literary hero Kathy Acker.

Acker's life was a fable; and to describe the confusion and love and conflicting agendas behind these memorials would be to sketch an apocryphal allegory of an artistic life in the late twentieth century. It is girls from which stories begin, she wrote in her last notebook. And like other lives, but unlike most fables, it was created through means both within and beyond her control.
-- from After Kathy Acker

Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon… scholar, stripper, victim, and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. Twenty years after her death, Acker's legend has faded, making her writing more legible.