This month’s Coven Book Club pick was essential art/feminist/maybe memoir/novel, I Love Dick by Chris Kraus. First published in the 1990s, this book has enjoyed a recent resurgence due in part to a sassy new reprint.
I Love Dick is the story of one woman (Chris) who is married to one man (Sylvere) and infatuated with another (the titular Dick). The married couple being artists, they attempt to turn this infatuation into an art project, which this book ends up being the conduit for. Full (and I mean full) of essays and ruminations and asides about art and love and a woman deeply mired in both states of being (if you don’t think that art is a state of being, let Chris Kraus dissuade you of that notion), the book is not an easy read.
It’s actually really difficult to read. Five or six people dropped out or didn’t manage to finish it and I rescheduled two or three times because (maybe in some sort of self-preservation mode) my brain was like NOPE and I just clean forgot about book club even as it was being scheduled.
This is how we did.