Kathy Acker (1947-1997, USA) was a radical novelist, performance artist, playwright and essayist. She was strongly influenced by the Black Mountain School, William S. Burroughs, David Antin, French critical theory, philosophy, and pornography. Acker's controversial body of work borrows heavily from the experimental styles of William S. Burroughs and Marguerite Duras. Acker often used extreme forms of pastiche and even Burroughs's cut-up technique, in which one cuts passages and sentences into several pieces and rearranges them. Her novels include Politics (1972), Blood and Guts in High School (1984), Empire of the Senseless (1988) and Pussy, King of the Pirates (1996).