ATTIC by Katherine Dunn


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Miss Dunn who appears herein as K. Dunn was first introduced in Life as one of the young writers making the scene--what it is today. Site's now wearing thigh-links and one Dogsbody (the publishers make all kinds of unlikely explanations of Dogsbody--she is not a cocker spaniel) around her neck. Dogsbody's Christian name is Puberty and she dies during the course of the action here in prison where K. Dunn ends up after writing a bad check and engaging in prostitution. She also indulges in a great deal of imaginary and very real activity anent her toilet habits (""the smell isn't bad but tart and brittle nut like the pee smell of pants and the wet is wetter than water"") ad incontinent infinitum all of which would suggest an arrest at the genito-urinary level. It seems unnecessary lo pursue it any further except to say that Miss Dunn shows a certain childlike savage energy but one wonders what will happen to it when she grows up. Think of what happened to Dogsbody. . . Freeform fingerpainting and masturbatory cuddletoys in the attic.

Pub Date: May 6th, 1970
Publisher: Harper & Row