“When I’m up, I go get coffee and read something that isn’t the Internet. It’s a great way of getting a candid voice in your head. Right now I am reading Eileen Myles’ Not Me, and there are a few poems that mention August in the book, one of which is called “Basic August.” Of course, in the 90s, “basic” didn’t have the same connotation it does now. But I loved that phrase. Last night I was having a conversation with a friend; we agreed that you have to just know you are a basic bitch. It’s a good barometer, not for judging people, but it’s a good litmus test——does this person know they are basic or do they think they are an exception? I just thought “Basic August” was a great mindset to be in. I’m in basic August mode.”
Mary Gaitskill When I said earlier that I don’t think it’s morally wrong to create images of women in victimized or submissive roles, that doesn’t mean that I’m insensitive to the type of pain that women suffer in this society. I think this is a very sexist society, a society in which women have suffered a great deal. Not just women personally, but a society in which a female spirit is not respected. And that’s actually quite painful to me; it’s not something that I’m indifferent to at all. Does that sound contradictory?
SW Not to me.
MG It’s not. I don’t think it addresses that problem, though, to write stories in which there’s an artificial treatment of women’s pain, in which it’s sort of triumphed over to big theme music, and women are shown as being, you know, Nautilus-machine strong, which is a type of strong that doesn’t interest me because it’s a strength disconnected from vulnerability and weakness, which to me isn’t real strength at all, but is actually a dislocated posturing which makes it possible to despise the vulnerability of others. I just don’t think that this type of judgment and instructional didactic writing is gonna help anything. Before you can heal pain you have to acknowledge it and feel it.
29. Is your memory: a.) Exceptional b.) Good c.) Normal d.) Bad c.) Senile
Let’s compare a pencil to a vagina.
30. Where would you most like to be right now?
With you-know-who’s cock in me.
31. Who would you most like to be? Contemporary personality:
History doesn’t exist.
32. Favorite fashion designer:
Azalea. But I can’t afford his shit. You want to give me some?
Alaïa? Whatever. This Kathy Acker interview is the bomb.
The Mad Love Life of a Hot Vampire (1971)
In 1963, American Abstract-Experssionist painter, John Kacere (b. 1920 - d. 1999) moved rather suddenly to towards a more Photorealism approach to painting. For the majority of the remainder of his career, his paintings exclusively portrayed the female mid-sections draped in lingerie, painted at a larger than life scale. John soon became an icon of the photorealist movement.