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A self-described failed filmmaker falls obsessively in love with her theorist-husband's colleague: a manifesto for a new kind of feminism and the power of first-person narration.
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.
About the Author
Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including Aliens & Anorexia, I Love Dick, and Torpor, and two books of art and cultural criticism, all published by Semiotext(e). She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches writing at European Graduate School.
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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What People are Saying About This
"A clever, finely crafted crossover between life, love and cultural studies." Peter Beilharz, The Australian
"A little masterpiece of late twenieth century literature." East Hampton Star
"Devastatingly funny and sublime... a new classic." The Seattle Stranger
"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
"Tart, brazen and funny... a cautionary tale, I Love Dick raises disturbing but compelling questions about female social behavior, power, control." The Nation
"The biggest art revelation of the year." The New Zealand Listener
"Unexpectedly riveting." BookForum
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had mixed feeling as I so wanted to dive into this book to engage further with the store line from the Amazon series (yes, I knew it was loosely based).....but after about two-thirds, I found it a difficult read and ended up skimming through to get to sections that provided character understanding. On the other side, cheers to Chris Kraus for pushing through a fascinating subject matter!
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.