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After Kathy Acker: With Chris Kraus & McKenzie Wark

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Please join Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School in welcoming Chris Kraus, writer, critic, iconoclast, to discuss her new book, After Kathy Acker. Featuring a reading and conversation moderated by McKenzie Wark, Chair of Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research and Culture & Media at Eugene Lang College. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing.

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.

In this first, fully authorized literary biography, Kraus approaches Acker both as a writer, and as a member of the artistic communities from which she emerged. At once forensic and intimate, After Kathy Acker traces the extreme discipline and literary strategies Acker used to develop her work, and the contradictions she longed to embody. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus charts Acker’s movement through some of the late 20th century’s most significant artistic enterprises.

Chris Kraus is the author of the bestselling I Love Dick, ‘the most important book written about men and women in the last century’ (Guardian), as well as Aliens and Anorexia; Torpor; Summer of Hate and two books of cultural criticism. She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches writing at European Graduate School. Kraus is a co-editor, with Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, of Semiotexte and lives in Los Angeles.

McKenzie Wark is the author of General Intellects, A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean, Eugene Lang College.

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General Public


Writing and Literature, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas, Creativity and Innovation


Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts


Writing, Humanities



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