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I Love Dick (Native Agents) (Paperback)

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By Chris Kraus, Eileen Myles (Foreword by)
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Kraus left a "failing" career in video art and then wrote this semi-autobiographical, full-on philsophically brilliant epistolary novel addressed to "Dick": a real man she meets at a party, her husband's colleague, a concept, an art project. Eileen Myles, in the intro, notes that Kraus "turned female abjection inside out and aimed it a man [...] Kraus's unswervingly attempted and felt female life is both a total work and it didn't kill her." The scary, hard truth for the reader is also how Kraus--author and character--lays bare the thin border between love and artistic practice, persona and person, "theory" and "life." 

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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 I Love Dick and Summer of Hate; two books of art and cultural criticism; and most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography. She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism in 2008, and a Warhol Foundation Art Writing grant in 2011. She 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781584350347
ISBN-10: 1584350342
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Publication Date: July 14th, 2006
Pages: 277
Language: English
Series: Native Agents