PUSSY, KING OF THE PIRATES by Kathy Acker; Grove Press, 1996

The events which happen between the covers of Kathy Acker's latest novel could be spelled out in one sentence or maybe even in a word or two. The form of the novel could also be explained succinctly. Damned be the downsizers, I say. A brief synopsis is not a reliable method of deciding how much time to invest reading any given book. A miserly approach doesn't pay with Pussy, King Of The Pirates as Acker links together levels of reality, time and meaning in a manner which won't reveal themselves to the rapid page turner. Once again, allusions to piracy, motorbikes, masturbation and incest permeate themselves into another of Acker's novels. If permitted, however, the allusions will codify whichever lusts, insecurities and desires that the reader wants them to. Theoreticians are rambling, probably at this very moment, explaining how a big chunk of Pussy, King Of The Pirates functions as a gender reversal of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island—one of the first children's adventure books which didn't have a moral. They'll likely point out how this contrasts with the lost innocence of the characters Acker partially plucked from The Story Of O and Antonin Artaud in the earlier parts of the book. I suggest you save those ideas for a rainy day and simply allow yourself to be amazed by the way Acker transforms stark content into a very tender and vulnerable story.

-Lord Ouch

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