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I Love Dick
I Love Dick | Chris Kraus
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, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades, I Love Dick is still essential reading; as relevant, fierce and funny as ever. The novel's cult following has ensured a steady undercurrent of buzz since its first publication twenty years ago, with high-profile champions as diverse as Lena Dunham, Sheila Heti, Kim Gordon, Leslie Jamison and Alexa Chung
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CorgiBooks
I Love Dick | Chris Kraus
Panpan

Honestly wasn‘t a fan. Read this for a seminar and struggled to get through it, as while it‘s objectively well written I dislike a lot of the content and grew to dislike Chris the character the longer I read. The first 50 so pages are especially difficult and the rest of the book doesn‘t recover from there on.

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Madison91
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Panpan

I hate dick. This was annoying characters with a story about nothing. I read it over 5 hours just so I could get through it.

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Miss1
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"My name is Jessie and I think it's hilarious that Mum is struggling through a bad book instead of patting me"

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Bertha_Mason
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Reading this blasted on my evening off. It seems like a good book to read while blasted.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! @melyndarae Look what finally arrived. Book mail is the best mail... Great picks. Thank you again for the generous giveaway. 😁😁😁

Deidre-Dee-OfficialBookworm Nice😃😆❤️👍🏻 2y
readinginthedark Oh, Sold is so well-written but so hard to read! 2y
melyndarae Yay!! There should still be one more though 😉. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @melyndarae oh dang!! You're too much. 🤗 2y
melyndarae Thanks lol. 2y
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PagesOfKate
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I Love Dick flips the male gaze around. The male ideal becomes the object of obsession and possession, switching up #powerandthepassion
The tv adaptation of the book is fantastic too. Kevin Bacon is a perfect Dick.
#MarchintoOz @Cinfhen @Lizpixie

batsy Love the book and loved the pilot episode of the series; need to watch the rest! He is the perfect Dick. 2y
UrsulaMonarch @batsy ooo you're in for a treat with the rest of the series! 😊 2y
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GeorgeanneD
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Books and pedicures.

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rachelk
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Panpan

An impending milestone birthday and a major career set back during the time Kraus met Dick may have been the catalyst for her obsession with him, but it doesn‘t excuse the creepy way she and her husband treat him. Kraus does make some brilliant observations, but I really wish this story had been fiction. #epistolary #memoir #nonfiction

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Johoney
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Ich bin verzaubert und amüsiert.

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Johoney
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Critics say it's too late for this book. I don't believe it, this book speaks from my heart, flesh, bones, mind in so many ways.

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greysx
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If I can‘t make you fall in love with me for who I am, maybe I can interest you with what I understand. So instead of wondering “Would he like me?”, I wonder “Is he game?”

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MrsMarks88
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While I appreciate that Kraus is clearly a very intelligent author who made many insightful points, this was not my cup of tea. To be extremely blunt, this book is the overindulgent ramblings of an upperclass film maker looking for something to make her life more meaningful or edgy. I didn't think It was important for feminism at all as it focused on a woman completely fawning over a man. The characters were desperately irritating too! Sorry Kraus

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MrsMarks88
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October book club read! Not sure I'll be writing this title on my classroom door!

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HardcoverHarlot
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Pickpick

I can‘t describe this book, beyond that it‘s bizarre and addicting and incomprehensible and beautifully written. I don‘t know who I‘d recommend it to? But I still like it.

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HardcoverHarlot
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This is clearly begging to be a Panic at the Disco lyric.

britt_brooke YES! 😆👏🏻 2y
TheBookHippie 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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HardcoverHarlot
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I‘ve heard this one is a trip. Love the concept.

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batsy
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Let's just say that Dick, who is a cultural theorist/critic, possesses some amount of #fame and cultural capital in the academic and art worlds that enable him to live up to his name.

#SeptemBowie @Marchpane @Cinfhen

Utopiyll This made me have a good chuckle 😂😂 2y
Cathythoughts Well done ! 2y
TrishB Great pick 👍 2y
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batsy @Utopiyll Glad to hear that 😀 2y
Cinfhen Such a great title 😜 2y
batsy @Cinfhen 🙃 2y
readordierachel Ha! Have you watched the TV show they made based on this? 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel I watched the pilot episode and enjoyed it. Thought there was some irony there in how they portrayed brooding Dick (like he says he's "post-idea" and doesn't read ?) I plan to watch the rest. Have you? 2y
readordierachel @batsy I haven't, but I've been curious. I'll have to give it a shot. 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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#strangetitles This is the one everyone's been talking about lately! On my TBR! #awesomeautumnbooks

batsy I liked it! But it seems to be a polarising book 😀 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @batsy Yeah, I've heard something to that effect. Still want to give it a try though! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣😂🤣😂 2y
Yellowpigeon I enjoyed it but it is definitely a love or hate thing 2y
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SubwayBookReview
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Madeleine: "The book is about an intellectual couple who becomes infatuated with this guy named Dick. It's funny to see a highbrow couple act this way, but honestly, I think a lot of couples in New York want to be like them. I'd like be part of a couple that's known to be honest and independent. It's important to stay independent as a woman in a relationship. We have more possibilities today and should make use of them."

Booksnchill @subwaybookreview is this the same as the Netflix original series with Kevin Bacon? 2y
wanderlustforwords Great title! 😂 2y
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brucebookworm
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Panpan

I feel extremely meh about this book. Hoping someone at my book club can explain why I should care. #theadventurersbookclub

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angelina
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I finished reading Chris Kraus‘ “I Love Dick” yesterday and I am thoroughly amazed by it. It‘s a deconstruction of heterosexuality, a daring, less bourgeois re-write of Woolf‘s “A room of one‘s own,” and it posits Kraus as one of the few women of postmodern critical theory who center on woman‘s experience. The tension writing love letters with her partner is something I‘ve never read like this before. Bold feminine narrative. Fascinating read!

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TulipBooks
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So, I thought I'd revive my litsy account as a few more of my Bookstagram buddies have made it over to litsy now! This is my current read

thebooksatchel Love what you are wearing in this😊 2y
BookishMarginalia Yes, @thebooksatchel -- the color coordination is fab! 2y
Simona Welcome back❣️ 2y
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erinrosewell
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In Love with Chris Kraus' "I Love Dick". For me one of the most important books about being a woman and and the difficulty of human relationships.

#currentlyreading #feministbooks

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀 2y
erinrosewell @DebinHawaii thanks 😊📖😄 2y
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MariaSvane
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tricours
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Panpan

I'm so glad to be finished with these people. This book really annoyed me, Kraus is so narcissistic, self-obsessed and such a wannabe intellectual that I ended up rooting for Dick, who's actually a dick. How did a book about obsession manage to end up so extremely uninteresting?

stargazerblue49 That's too bad. I binged all of the episodes mostly because I was waiting to see what she was going to do next lol 2y
tricours @stargazerblue49 I haven't seen the show, but I don't see what there is in this to make a show about! 2y
Anna40 @stargazerblue49 @tricours I binge watched it too but honestly disliked most of the characters and even parts of the storyline. I liked Hahn who played Chris Kraus but couldn't really relate to / understand her. Still I found the story and her so weird that I wanted to know what she would do next. I wanted to read some reviews, see if I might like the book but guess it's not for me... 2y
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tricours
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Wait, what?

drokka Don't we all? 😂 2y
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tricours
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Trying to finish this one... 😒

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tricours
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Kraus' constant name dropping is annoying, and everything she writes she seemingly has to relate to someone else (famous) ALL THE TIME, but sometimes she touches upon interesting themes.

bloem Do you find the book narcissistic? That was my impression of the author. 2y
tricours @bloem very!! 2y
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tricours
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Wow, this book is seriously shitty. I couldn't be less interested in Kraus and what she has to say while trying to pass for an intellectual (and I suspect Dick couldn't be less interested either). Once her husband disappeared from the narrative I lost all interest. Will I make it to the end?

Redwritinghood Hmmm . . . Maybe I'll just watch the Amazon adaptation instead. 2y
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tricours
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Ugh! An extremely stressful start of the day with only a 2 minutes margin to reach the train (I prefer 10) to go to the airport and then to Stockholm for work. I want to stay at home 😩 I love Dick has grown ever so slightly on me, but it still feels pretty artificial and fake, and who writes about themselves in the third person?

Cinfhen The title is hilarious 😂 😂😂safe travels 2y
haanim Safe travels! I love Stockholm😍 2y
tricours @Cinfhen @haanim thanks! It'll be raining though, and I'll just see the inside of a hotel this time... 2y
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tricours
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Started this, and it's not at all what I expected. I'm getting annoying Joan Didion pretentiousness vibes, and the swearing bothers me. 😒

Kalalalatja Oh no! She is coming to a literary event in Denmark in August, and I thought about picking up her book beforehand, but this doesn't sound promising 😕 2y
Lacythebookworm Yikes! 😧 2y
tricours @Kalalalatja I've only read like 8 percent though! 2y
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Kalalalatja Okay, I will think about it some more! 2y
tricours @Kalalalatja it has improved a lot from 8 to 14 percent! 2y
Kalalalatja Yay! I hope it keeps improving 😄🤞 2y
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[DELETED] 2437761296
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To say I'm excited to start this would be an understatement. I finished the tv show a couple weeks ago and didn't want to stop living in that world, so I ordered the book. Wish I had read it first. Oh well. Very curious to see if the book makes me feeeeel all the tingly, exhilarating feelings the show left me with. (Side note, ROBERTA COLINDREZ 🔥😛)

batsy I thought the book was so good. But it's solely from Chris's mind/POV. I've only watched the pilot and it made my mind buzz in that tingly way the book did. Looking forward to watching the rest of it, but also slightly nervous because expectations! 2y
[DELETED] 2437761296 @batsy, let me know what you think when you're done the show! If you liked the pilot, it only gets better... however, I didn't have the book to compare it to. I loved it much more than the other people I know who've seen it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. 😊 2y
batsy @margo_lane I know what you mean, it seems to be the case with the book too. Hope you enjoy the book and let me know what you think of it as well ☺️ 2y
[DELETED] 2437761296 @batsy, I LOVED the book. It was unlike anything I've read before. 🤗 It's a favourite now. 2y
batsy @margo_lane Yay! It felt that way when I read it too, so different 2y
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flockingmolly
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"(And sometimes I feel ashamed of this whole episode, how it must look to you or anyone outside. But just by doing it I'm giving myself the freedom of seeing from the inside out. I'm not driven anymore by other people's voices. From now on it's the world according to me.)"

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slothandtabby
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Eileen Myles and Chris Kraus at the 92nd Street Y tonight! Part of my extended Birthday Weekend (and Then Some) Celebration. Myles has a book coming out about a beloved dog. Kraus has a book coming out about her frenemy Kathy Acker. All very relevant to my interests!

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SarahD1
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When you're living so intensely in your head you actually believe when something happens you've imagined, that you caused it... when you're living so intensely in your head there isn't any difference between what you imagine and what actually takes place

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TheAliceEvers
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I went to the Tate Modern today! This is a very small selection of some of the amazing books they had on sale! I could have lost a fortune in the Tate shop! 💷💷💷Guess which book caught my eye...😉😉😉 (Turns out Dick is actually someone's name 😂)

KarenUK Oh I love the Tate Modern! Hope you had a great time 💕 3y
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Charlblackburnn
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Pickpick

Beautifully wrote and heart breaking at times! Very happy this was my first book of 2017!

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shawnmooney
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Look what the postman just delivered! I probably won't raise many eyebrows reading this in a café or on the train in Tokyo, so I may not enjoy it as much as if I were reading it in public back in Canada. :-) All kidding aside, I've heard really good things about this one.

LauraBeth This made me 😂😂 3y
Angelala007 Omg me tooooo! 😉 3y
shawnmooney @Angelala007 I can't decide if you've chosen your words extremely carefully or not carefully at all! Are you agreeing with @LauraBeth 's comment, or are you agreeing with the title of the book? (Evil grin) 3y
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Angelala007 Hmmm....both 😉 3y
shawnmooney @Angelala007 you're my soulmate! 💖💖💖 3y
Angelala007 Are you just figuring that out now? I've know it since the beginning of Litsy 😍😘 3y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Weaponxgirl Lol, I got this in a kindle sale was was slightly disappointed I wouldn't be able to see people's reactions to me reading it 3y
LeahBergen I'm trying to find a way to say that I want this ... or need to get my hands on it... or it's right up my alley... or it's in my wheelhouse. I give up. 😛 3y
Hobbinol ❤Love your Dick-pic!😂 (edited) 3y
shawnmooney @Angelala007 @Weaponxgirl @Hobbinol I have so much more I want to say, none of it all that literary. So best to bite my tongue and just read the darned book hey? 😘😘 3y
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Weaponxgirl
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trumanpeyote
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Decisions, decisions.

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jesslovestype
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Why the F*ck Are You Reading That? #Bookmarks.
A set I designed for people who read in public places. Each bookmark has two reading excuses that will stick out of the top of your book to tell the onlookers around you exactly why the f*ck you're reading that. Never be embarrassed by an awkward book cover ever again. 😜 #booktober

Simona Wow, funny 😂 and I like it ❤️‼️ 3y
jesslovestype @Simona Thank you! 😎 3y
LauraBrook Those are awesome! Want! 3y
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jesslovestype @LauraBrook I should really figure out a way to mass produce them... 3y
LauraBrook You should, I'd buy some for myself and for gifts! 3y
Marchpane Really clever! 3y
Eyelit Awesome! 😄 3y
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JAMZ
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I had to resharpen my reading pencil after this book.

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JAMZ
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Pickpick

I took my time with this one and am grateful for it--wrestling with the concept of what a woman is supposed to do, be, what form her sexuality is allowed to have and which gender shapes it, and how it breaks through all of this so openly and does away with the shame. I'll be thinking about this one for a long, long time.

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Michelle: "It's Monday and I'm not feeling that brave so I folded over the cover while reading on the train. This is a feminist novel comprised of a bunch of letters. A woman falls in love with this cowboy and starts to write him - his name is Dick. It's about much more than her eventually leaving her husband for Dick. It's about her finding her voice and being honest about her own life and what she wants."

BookishClaire I want to read this so badly 3y
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SarahEvonne
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Yes, finally.

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Lenneke
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CynCruz23 This quote is everything 👏😝 3y
Lenneke Yes! 😊 3y
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jennicakes
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Mehso-so

Had some issues with this one. Can't beat the title, though.

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mspixieears
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I love that the narrator has replaced Dick with an orange candle and (sadly) highlighted that she isn't regarded as seriously as male counterparts based on her gender in the same paragraph!