I Love Dick

By Chris Kraus,

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When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone,…

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I love I Love Dick! This is a hilarious, shocking, keenly intelligent interrogative adventure into the art world and ideas about stalking a muse and being female. The book was published in 1997 but I didn’t discover it until a decade later, so I was late to the game. In her forward, Eileen Myles describes Chris Kraus as “marching boldly into self-abasement and self-advertisement,” which is a perfect way of putting it. Shredding the veil between reality and fiction, in her relentless pursuit of Dick (a real person), Chris Kraus embraces the world, no holds barred. If you’re curious…

Though recently made into a TV series, the real genius of this book lies in its language. Part prank, part autofiction, part essay, and art criticism, I Love Dick tells the story of the main character, Chris Kraus, and her husband Sylvere, as they join together to write love letters from Chris to an art historian named Dick who she has a crush on but barely knows. It is all based on fact and plays with the blurred line between fact and fiction. It is that rare book that is at once sexy and intellectual. 

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