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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 22, 1986

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Offbeat writer Kathy Acker

gives scary

By V.J. Beauchamp
Eyemediae, at 214 N. Fourth
Ave., is one of those little hidden
gems. They don't cater to the
common denominator, and that's
one reason why, you don't hear
about them so much. However,
there are parts of the Ann Arbor
community that are looking for the
new, the obscure and the ignored,
and that's why Eyemediae (pro -
nounced Eye-me-de-eye) is so
important.
Among the interesting things
that have already occurred in that
corner of town was the Monday
evening reading by Kathy Acker.
Ms. Acker is a writer of several
novels, the most recent being Don
Quixote. She has also written
Blood and Guts in High
School, Great Expectations,
and My Death, My Life By
Pier Paolo Pasolini. She

read from he
progress, E
Senseless .
Acker is a
cropped hair an
rings and earrin
reading Chine
Die, she settl
swaying a wee b
juxtaposition
chanted like p
speed and volum
And her notes
with Arabic scr
there was Persi
where, and she
her CIA boss,]
follows her tol
After the interm
her description o
Evey, who is ab
is a pirate andt
who jumps shi
Evey is ordered
the barber beco

reading of
er new novel in who raped her, and Mommy
mpire of the reading a magazine. The
then shifts back to a mal
small person with giving a succinct history
nd perchant for big anarchy of piracy of 1574.
ngs. As she began Like her character J
ese Bosses Never Blood and Guts, she
ed into a rhythm, Persian grammar book.
bit as she read. The entranced by the flowing sc
of images were over the three weeks of vac
poetry, varying in had following, she stud
ne. She had a cold. studied. Chunks of Pers
were interspersed peared in Blood and G
ipt. In the reading appears in her new work
an graffitti every - The Persian works like th
speaks Persian to bled lyrics of a song, for
Dr. Schweber, who reader/listeners to come
Bern, Switzerland. their own dialogue, the
nission, Acker read meaning.
f the male character You may well have
board a pirate ship, noticed that Ms. Acker isi
then a captive, and everyday neighborhoodn
p and is captured. Her writing is somewh

her works
y is there tracting, and disturbing. Acker is
narrator only concerned with desires,
e voice, especially sex and rape, love and
y of the hate, death, violence and canni -
balism. Her characters realize early
aney in on that life is a horrible killing
found a joke, and that there is no difference
She was between what actually happens and
:ript, and what are dreams, and remembered
ation she stories. The personalities change
lied and from female to male to passive to
sian ap - violent to gay to straight. And the
uts, and amazing thing is, it is done in such
as well. a stream of consciousness-like way
e mum - that the reader is left confused but
rcing the unjarred. This is the language of
up with the unconscious. And because
eir own Acker captures this voice, the
scariest aspect of her writing is our
already unwilling selves which get lost in
not your the narrator occasionally.
novelist. In spite of her cold, Acker gave a
iat dis - pretty scary sort of reading to the
sold-out and fawning crowd, and
stuck around afterwards to sign
books and answer questions. She
resides in London, and thinks the
government there is miserable. She
is thinking about moving to Paris.
She loves her motorcycle. And she
has a new tattoo, a bright blue
leopard, to match the tigers that
adorn each bicep. Since she was 19
and began writing seriously, she
has concerned herself with
expressing herself in new ways, and
she uses many genres, especially
from music and art. She is dif -
ficult to categorize. Her work is
difficult. And to the Eyemediae
crowd of October 20, largely
satisfying.

i to be shaved, and
mes the hairdresser

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Friday, Oct.24 First Presbyterian Church
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"AFRICA AND WORLD PEACE"
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Saturday, Oct. 25 Rackham Assembly Hall
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S\. his feet shouting for more."
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LOVE KILLS
(Soundtrack to the motion picture
Sid and Nancy)
MCA Records
This record is simply shitty.
The horrible soundtrack to Sid and
Nancy makes me almost afraid to
go see the movie. Presumably, it's
a punk rock movie about punk rock.
people, and it only follows that it
should have a punk rock
soundtrack. So why in hell is
"Love Kills," the title track
performed by Joe Strummer, a
putrid little disco beat box number.
You might argue that the
movie's a love story, and therefore
it's all right to have a couple of
pop songs on the soundtrack- but
an entire album's worth? Give me a
break. The Pogue's "Haunted" is a
really decent pop song worth
putting on the album. But all the
other cuts are just junk. Pray For
Rain must have slept with someone

important to get four awful songs
on the soundtrack. They're the
pits. And ex-Pistol Steve Jones is:
even writing the crap. Come one
Steve, let's hear some guitar'
Johnny Rotten must be laughing
his head off. Poor ol' Sid's
probably puking in his grave.
A couple of songs try to rock it
up a bit, but only Strummer's
"Dum Dum Club" is worthwhile:
It's a bit confused sounding and it's
got some street feeling to it, which
seems to fit what ought to be the
sound of the movie. The Circle
Jerks' "Love Kills" is just plain
bad. And why the hell is an old far
like Gary Oldham doing Iggy's "
Wanna Be Your Dog"? Why noi
get an old fart like Iggy himself toa
do the song? I don't want to even'
tell you how siupid Oldham's
version of Sid's "My Way" sounds.;
So, if you're still at all tempted;
to buy the soundtrack, you can pick;
my copy out of the garbage next
week.
-Danny Plotnick

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