Danny Karlin, 2 June 1988
Show More Blasted Allegories: An Anthology of Writings by Contemporary Artists edited by Brian Wallis.
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York/MIT Press, 431 pp., £13.50, January 1988, 9780262231282Show More
Empire of the Senseless by Kathy Acker.
Picador, 227 pp., £10.95, May 1988, 0 330 30192 6Show More
The Western Lands by William Burroughs.
Picador, 258 pp., £10.95, March 1988, 0 330 29805 4Show More
“... Kathy Acker, wild and woolly avatar of William Burroughs, is also one of the Blasted Allegorists, contemporary American artists whose self-important and talent-free doodles about Life, the Universe and Everything are hyped by Brian Wallis in his Introduction, a piece of writing conceivably worse than the pieces it introduces: For the writers in this book, these critical forms, such as interviews, monologues, jokes, dream narratives and parables, oppose the imposed narrative structure, the unquestioned hierarchy of characters, and the easy closure of much conventional – or even modernist – literature ...”