Kathy Acker's penis cartoon
One of my students in my class at USF -- Contemporary Experiments in Fiction -- was asked to leave Starbucks because of the pictures from Kathy Acker's Blood and Guts in High School in the copy of The Essential Acker she was reading for class. This is in San Francisco. A customer -- apparently reading over her shoulder -- complained. As William Burroughs used to always say, "Good church-going women with binoculars are complaining" -- something like that. If you didn't have enough reasons to never patronize Starbucks, here's another. If anyone would like to help organize a boycott or protest, I'm game. We could march in front of Starbucks with enlarged illustrations from the book. Penises and vaginas for the most part, quite offensive -- the human body, ugh. I will try to scan some of the illustrations and post them here, but if anyone is reading this with a scanner and a copy of the book, feel free to email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, here's a link to the book in googlebooks, where most of the smutty pictures are lovingly displayed.
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