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I Love Dick (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Paperback – July 14, 2006
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A clever, finely crafted crossover between life, love and cultural studies.(Peter Beilharz The Australian)
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.(Leslie Jamison The New York Times)
The most important book about men and women written in the last century.(Emily Gould The Guardian)
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.(Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers)
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)
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
_I Love Dick_ is intellectually and emotionally provocative. I highly reccomend this book to anyone interested in thinking rather than simply being passively 'entertained.' Oh, and the cover photo is a work of art, too.
There's a party scene in this book that is the most honest thing I've ever read about female humiliation -- always being the "plus one" of some guy, or ignored for the prettier girls.
I think it's a little too real and that scares people (men and women alike).
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The absolute worst book I have ever painfully forced myself to finish. Save your time, laugh at the title, deem it clever and move on. Everything after the title is utterly awful.Published 1 month ago by amanda f
Almost too amazing to be believed! Why did it take me so long to discover it?Published 2 months ago by Mark Robinson
I first actually saw this book in an SF bookstore and picked it up because of the title (preoccupied with a Dick myself at the time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anonymous
" The book itself functions in a similar way to 70s early video art in which the performer would perform only to the camera in isolation, but aware of a potential future viewer. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by The Art Book Review
I loved the book thats why i bought one for me and one for my friend! We both enjoyed it!Published on August 27, 2013 by Natutanatuta