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Length: 268 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Rachel Haywire is the founder of the Extreme Futurist Festival and a leading voice in digital media. She is known as an author, music producer, model, performance artist, and cultural engineer. Credited for bringing DIY Transhumanism into the mainstream, she has established a new futurist subculture with the goal of making the artistic world more intelligent and the intelligent world more artistic.

 Somewhat of a cult icon and agent provocateur, Rachel spends her time meeting with the most interesting minds of her generation so she can redefine the human species and makes no apologies for her attitude of total evolution.

 Rachel currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Everything-Permitted (June 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EQR5ZK
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Goertzel on July 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I knew a bit about the author before reading Acidexia, so I was prepared for the wild stories of acid trips and punk rock squats and so forth, as well as for the artful mixture of transhumanist and agitprop themes -- but I wasn't prepared for the deeply moving, heartfelt nature of this memoir. Wow.

Rachel Haywire has succeeded here in a big way: she has done what most artists only aspire to, and created something that is both intensely personal and powerfully universal. While her life and mind are very different than mine, as I read her story I could empathize with almost everything she wrote -- because it was written in such a profoundly honest way.

By "honest" I don't mean that the book is necessarily wholly accurate as a memoir, though it is written in that format -- I have no idea the extent to which the details are real vs. embroidered -- but rather that it has a rare sort of "higher honesty", which comprises conceptual/spiritual truth regardless of the details. Sometimes this sort of truth can be truer than the empirical consensus-reality facts anyway.

The prose veers from the casual to the literary, and from the traditionally diaristic to the prose-poetic and occasionally verse-poetic. Some real linguistic gems are sprinkled quasi-randomly throughout.

William Burroughs and Henry Miller come to mind, as do Kate Braverman and Kathy Acker. If those guys had novelized their LiveJournals during their early years, they might have come up with works in the same genre as Acidexia.

Has the feel of being an early work of a genius writer. Curious to see what the author produces as her life progresses.

Definitely recommended for those who enjoy deep thinking, strong emotions, and informal, occasionally hallucinogenically poetic prose....
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Acidexia is definitely one of the most "out there" books I've ever read. At first it was difficult to get into but the more I read it the more I was able to relate to the angst and alienation of the girl in the story. Rachel Haywire's prose is what you'd call eccentric but her strength lies in the way her words excite people, stir us up, galvanize our passion and invite the reader as co-conspirator and partner-in-crime. The story is ripped straight from her diaries and Live Journal entries from back in the early 2000s during the emergence of the World Wide Web into the mainstream. I'm always intrigued to see what kinds of things still now evolving that Rachel was able to see clearly even in that early date.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Box on July 2, 2012
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I had awaited Acidexia for a long while now, and wasn't too sure what to expect. After reading the entire book in one sitting, I can safely say I didn't waste my time.

It starts off unhinged, uncaring..A relentless diary of damage and a well painted picture of what it is like for some people growing up in those situations. It almost plays out like a story, taking us on this journey and letting us writhe and burn in the bad while embracing the more subtle self-empowerment messages.

Nothing is held back in Acidexia either. It is definitely not your parents Memoir. So many issues in Acidexia are just as relevant now as they were when written back in the early 2000's. I found myself relating to a large majority of these situations, having been institutionalized at an early age also. Rachel Haywire writes with an honesty not often found. she doesn't attempt to make herself look like a saint nor does she attempt to sugar-coat anything that happened. she gives it to us raw which makes it all the more relatable.

I found myself laughing, frowning and reminiscing through some of the entries in Acidexia. Some of the writings may be hard for a lot to understand, and Acidexia is definitely not a "pickup and read" book. But for the people who read it and understand it, there is an absolute gem here to be found in Acidexia.

It didn't take me long to be hooked. the way it was written was almost colloquial, which definitely made it all the more real. A lot of what was said made me think afterwards and i will definitely come back to it.

Acidexia brings light into the dark, and dark into the light in a lot of ways.

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of Acidexia, and would love to one day own it in paperback form.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Guy Rens on July 1, 2012
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ACIDEXIA is an initiation story rather than a mere diary. It is an obstacle race full of anger and tenacity. Even when the heroine is running away she displays an amazing sense of purpose. She wants to escape her suburban Florida and the psychiatric hospital where she had been interned and to triumph in the cyber world. Not any cyber space. Rachel Haywire yearns for transhumanism which is, if my understanding is correct, one step or more beyond Ray Kurzweil's Singularity (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology).

Don't look for philosophy in ACIDEXIA; it is an existential firework where it is difficult to distinguish between life and style. Think about a mix of Jack Kerouak's On the Road for the plot (Rachel Haywire is always moving from one city to another) and Hubert Selby's Last Exit to Brooklyn for the style, and you will have an approximation of this new meteor that crashed in our literary environment.

Contrary to her illustrious predecessors, Rachel Haywire knows what she wants. Not only she is a pure rebel (not a revolutionary, mind you, in a revolution there is always an overtone of constraint), but she wants to participate to the advent of a transhuman community based on the Internet and advanced genetics.

However it is music, not the Internet which constitutes the thread that crosses the modern society chaos.
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