I Love Dick

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When Chris Kraus, a 39 year old experimental filmmaker, falls in love with Dick __, a cultural critic, she writes him 200 letters. But because she is married and embarrassed and afraid to lose her husband, she invites him to collaborate. And her husband, the theorist and critic Sylvere Lotringer, complies. Strategically confessional, I Love Dick is a real-life chronicle of Kraus' desperate attempt to get adolescent romance right for the first time.
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Overview

When Chris Kraus, a 39 year old experimental filmmaker, falls in love with Dick __, a cultural critic, she writes him 200 letters. But because she is married and embarrassed and afraid to lose her husband, she invites him to collaborate. And her husband, the theorist and critic Sylvere Lotringer, complies. Strategically confessional, I Love Dick is a real-life chronicle of Kraus' desperate attempt to get adolescent romance right for the first time.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A clever, finely crafted crossover between life, love and cultural studies." -- Peter Beilharz, The
Australian

Semiotext(e)

"A little masterpiece of late twenieth century literature." East
Hampton Star

Semiotext(e)

"Devastatingly funny and sublime... a new classic." The Seattle
Stranger

Semiotext(e)

"Ever since I read I Love Dick, I have revered it as one of the most explosive, revealing, lacerating, and unusual memoirs ever committed to the page... I Love Dick is never a comfortable read, and it is by turns exasperating, horrifying, and lurid, but it is never less than genuine, and often completely illuminating about the life of the mind." Rick Moody
Post Road

Semiotext(e)

"Tart, brazen and funny... a cautionary tale, I Love
Dick
raises disturbing but compelling questions about female social behavior, power, control." The Nation

Semiotext(e)

"The biggest art revelation of the year." The New Zealand
Listener

Semiotext(e)

"Unexpectedly riveting." BookForum

Semiotext(e)

The Australian - Peter Beilharz

A clever, finely crafted crossover between life, love and cultural studies.

The New York Times - Leslie Jamison

But my favorite example of the genre is from nearly 20 years ago, and it's by a woman. Chris Kraus's "I Love Dick" offers the story of a woman named Chris Kraus -- also an experimental filmmaker, just like the author --
reckoning with her unrequited love for "Dick ____," a cultural critic with whom she becomes obsessed. The narrative is an exploration of desire as something other than passivity or inadequacy ("I think desire isn't lack, it's surplus energy -- a claustrophobia inside your skin") and relentless romantic pursuit not as self-degradation but a kind of generative, creative act.

East Hampton Star

A little masterpiece of late twenieth century literature.

The Seattle Stranger

Devastatingly funny and sublime... a new classic.

Post Road - Rick Moody

Ever since I read I Love Dick, I have revered it as one of the most explosive, revealing, lacerating, and unusual memoirs ever committed to the page... I Love Dick is never a comfortable read, and it is by turns exasperating, horrifying, and lurid, but it is never less than genuine, and often completely illuminating about the life of the mind.

The Nation

Tart, brazen and funny... a cautionary tale, I Love
Dick
raises disturbing but compelling questions about female social behavior, power, control.

The New Zealand Listener

The biggest art revelation of the year.

BookForum

Unexpectedly riveting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570270468
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Kraus is the author of the novels Aliens and Anorexia, I Love
Dick
, and Summer of Hate as well as Video
Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness
and Where
Art Belongs
, all published by Semiotext(e). A Professor of Writing at the
European Graduate School, she writes for various magazines and lives in Los
Angeles.

Eileen Myles, named by BUST magazine "the rock star of modern poetry," is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Chelsea
Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree,
and Not Me
(Semiotext(e), 1991), and is the coeditor of The New Fuck You
(Semiotext(e), 1995). Myles was head of the writing program at University of
California, San Diego, from 2002 to 2007, and she has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. Most recently, she received a fellowship from the
Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Foundation.

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