I Love Dick

I Love Dick

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by Chris Kraus
     
 

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In I Love Dick, published in 1997, Chris Kraus, author of Aliens &
Anorexia, Torpor, and Video Green, boldly tore away the veil that separates fiction from reality and privacy from self-expression. It's no wonder that I Love Dick instantly elicited violent controversies and attracted a host of passionate admirers. The story is gripping enough: in 1994 a

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In I Love Dick, published in 1997, Chris Kraus, author of Aliens &
Anorexia, Torpor, and Video Green, boldly tore away the veil that separates fiction from reality and privacy from self-expression. It's no wonder that I Love Dick instantly elicited violent controversies and attracted a host of passionate admirers. The story is gripping enough: in 1994 a married, failed independent filmmaker, turning forty, falls in love with a well-known theorist and endeavors to seduce him with the help of her husband. But when the theorist refuses to answer her letters, the husband and wife continue the correspondence for each other instead,
imagining the fling the wife wishes to have with Dick. What follows is a breathless pursuit that takes the woman across America and away from her husband ;and far beyond her original infatuation into a discovery of the transformative power of first person narrative. I Love Dick is a manifesto for a new kind of feminist who isn't afraid to burn through her own narcissism in order to assume responsibility for herself and for all the injustice in world ;and it's a book you won't put down until the author's final, heroic acts of self-revelation and transformation.

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.

The Guardian - Emily Gould

The most important book about men and women written in the last century.

Rachel Kushner

The intelligence and honesty and total originality of Chris Kraus make her work not just great but indispensable -- especially now, when everything is so confusing, so full of despair. I read everything Chris Kraus writes; she softens despair with her brightness, and with incredible humor, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584350347
Publisher:
Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
98,496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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)

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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I Love Dick 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
manthatyoufear777 More than 1 year ago
Kraus's novel blurs the line between fiction and reality, showing that art may recognize only the boundaries of the artist. With that said, Kraus did get into some legal trouble for being so open about her life, but I Love Dick is a inebriating tale of love, lust, and art. It is a must-read for those who are interested in learning what it means for a novel's narrator to be the author.