But typing can be used to interesting literary effect. Arguably a highly self-conscious, painstakingly written experimental novel, the book reads like straight spillage, as if Kraus were simply telling her story and sharing her ideas with her husband, her friends, her analyst, anyone who will listen. She comes off as a major piece of work. The premise is crazy: Kraus met Hebdige with her husband, instantly fell in love with him, never even screwed him, and then doggedly pursued him, after a fashion. She and Sylvere wrote Dick many letters, most of which went unsent. The whole thing reeks of a setup: Kraus willed or pretended to will herself into this state of amour fou just so she would have the requisite raw materials for her writing experiment. The mantra of tyro writers is to write what you know.
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Kraus, a writer, has lived in Los Angeles since , but the first chapter of her life was set in the Bronx, and her last apartment in New York was a short subway ride from the garden. Its flora and fauna were familiar friends. Young readers post photos of its cover on Instagram with the hashtag chriskraus. Moderators have censored ilovedick. They quote from the novel in posts on Twitter. Gevinson, the editor and actress, has been a fan of Ms.
I heard about it once on a bus in Philadelphia; I still remember the gray city rolling by. Then I read it. The other message: Kraus has a sense of humor. At this point, reading Kraus feels like joining the ranks of those who have already come to love or hate her—those who worship her, idealize her, argue with her; those who wish she would stop talking so much about her sex life. Dick is actually a cultural critic! Kraus keeps writing to Dick, keeps calling Dick, even makes her husband a collaborator in her pursuit of Dick, and all the while keeps getting rebuffed by him. Sometimes, her story is narrated in the first-person; other times, in the third. Sometimes, her husband is named Sylvere Lotringer the theorist to whom Kraus was once married, and with whom she co-runs Semiotext e , the press that releases all her books ; other times, the husband is named Jerome or Michele.