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Acidexia by [Haywire, Rachel]
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About the Author

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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EQR5ZK
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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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Rachel Haywire writes in a unique fashion I'll admit it's a bit hard to adjust to how she wrote it because she doesn't write this novel in the traditional approach but the book is quite fascinating, I was a huge fan of her with Experiment Haywire, I wrote her fan mail here and there and she always responded so, I had a lot of respect for Rachel Haywire and to this day I still do. This novel gave me even more than I already have, she has been through A LOT, probably more so than anyone I know but her life is so interesting, it also read so fast, kind of reads like a movie. It's funny, it's got interesting people in it, this is a coming of age story I will share. I have the Kindle copy, I want the actual physical book though as I collect books. Rachel Haywire is intelligent, and creative. If her music doesn't prove it, this novel does.
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Though I am not sure how real (if that matters to you) this journal is, it is interesting reading and calls you back. I have read other works of Haywire's, but this one is definitely a reflection of a lifestyle that differs from vanilla.
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Rachel (Acidexia) Haywire isn't Kerouac. She wasn't on the road in the shadow of someone else, reporting on what she wanted to be but never was. She's lived a hard life in a broken time; & this ebook is a collection of despatches sent back from her personal frontline

It's a powerful book, written with a clear eye, transparent prose (no fake Gonzoisms here) & an angered soul - Ms Haywire is shouting J'accuse & demanding that you act on her claims. Her opinions are strong & directly expressed; & while i disagree with some of them, i recognise the honest observation which always underpin them. She has seen the fall of the USAmerican empire & has the just fury of a true (as opposed to flag-waving) patriot

The book should be widely read & almost certainly won't be. Our loss
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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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