PRINT December 2018


Dodie Bellamy

In The Assassination of Kathy Acker (Guillotine), artist and writer Matias Viegener chronicles and grapples with Kathy Acker’s death as well as with her legacy. Viegener, who was close to Acker but never lived in the same city as she did, attended to her on her deathbed and agreed to become her literary executor. Acker’s dying consumes Viegener. Of sitting beside her in the hospital he writes: “She is so absolute to me. Every pore of me reads every pore of her. I read her with a passion beyond sex. I see everything. We’re merged.” The two enter into a sort of spiritual marriage. Although he’s gay, Viegener loves Acker so intensely he fantasizes cannibalizing her or—through some high-tech Frankensteinian procedure—harvesting her eggs and fertilizing them with his sperm, creating duplicate Kathys who would go on to write more texts, thus assuring her survival.


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