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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....
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
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.Read more ›
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I didn't take to The New Reaction, maybe because she seemed to be trying to solve the madness. Here she accepts it, even rides it.Published 16 months ago by Rares Marian
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This book reads like a hallucinogenic diary. It reminds me at times of the first time I read Chuck Palahniuk. A memoir of a mutant trying to find others like her. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by mthead
Having grown up in Florida this memoir hits close to home and reminds me why I left too. Easy to read, hard to stop. Highly recommend this book.Published on July 2, 2012 by Kate Kligman