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Chris Kraus, After Kathy Acker. A Biography, Allen Lane, 2017

Kathy Acker: Rich girl, street punk, scholar, stripper, victim, media-whore ... and cultural icon.

The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, many of them created by her. Twenty years after her untimely death aged just 50, Acker's legend has faded, but her writing has become clearer. A few years ago, the writer Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick, found that her own experiences were becoming more and more like Kathy's. She began writing about Acker 'through the distance, but with this incredible frisson of feeling that often I could write "I" instead of "she."'

This is 'literary friction': The first fully authorised biography of the avant-garde writer Kathy Acker, by the woman who arrived on the scene straight after her, who shared some of her boyfriends and friends, and her artistic ambitions. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus traces the woman behind the notorious novels, and places her at the centre of a kaleidoscopic artistic world.

The path of the female artist. Is hell.

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Starship #14, Starship Magazine, 2016

Contributors: Tenzing Barshee, John Beeson, Bernadette Corporation, Gerry Bibby, Juliette Blightman, Mercedes Bunz, Lou Cantor, Mihaela Chiriac, Jay Chung, Anders Clausen, Friederike Clever, Hans-Christian Dany, Jimmy DeSana, Nikola Dietrich, Francesca Drechsler, Martin Ebner, Heike-Karin Föll, Wolfgang Gantner, Julian Göthe, Karl Holmqvist, Judith Hopf, Helena Huneke, Yuki Kimura, Jakob Kolding, Chris Kraus, Nicolas Linnert, Thomas Locher, Robert Meijer, Ariane Müller, Christopher Müller, Henrik Olesen, Kirsten Pieroth, Michael Pfrommer, Eileen Quinlan, Daniel Reuter, Nina Rhode, Mark von Schlegell, Heji Shin, Valerie Stahl von Stromberg, Ed Steck, Cheyney Thompson, Vera Tollmann, Taocheng Wang, Haytham El-Wardany, Amelie von Wulffen, Stephanie Wurster, Mark van Yetter and Florian Zeyfang. 

Fiction New edition Hardcover 288 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 17 ORDER

Chris Kraus, I Love Dick, Tuskar Rock Press, 2015

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 by Semiotex(e). 

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Chris Kraus, Summer of Hate, Semiotext(e), 2012

Waking up from the chilling high of a near-death sex game, Catt Dunlop travels to Albuquerque in 2005 to reinvest some windfall real-estate gains and reengage with something approximating “real life.” Aware that the critical discourse she has used to build her career as a visiting professor and art critic is really a cipher for something else, she hopes that buying and fixing slum buildings will bring her more closely in touch with American life than the essays she writes.

In Albuquerque, she becomes romantically involved with Paul Garcia, a recently sober ex-con who has just served sixteen months in state prison for defrauding Halliburton Industries, his former employer, of $873. Almost forty years old, Paul is highly intelligent but has only been out of New Mexico twice. He has no information. With Catt’s help, he makes plans to attend UCLA, only to be arrested on a ten-year-old bench warrant en route.

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Chris Kraus, Kelly Lake Store & Other Stories, Companion Editions, 2015

Kelly Lake Store and Other Stories is a unique extension of Kraus’s recent art writing, produced specifically for the Companion Editions series, an imprint of the Portland, Oregon-based Cooley Gallery. The series features one essay by a contemporary writer or scholar in relation to a singular artistic project. It was edited as a collaboration between the gallery’s director, Stephanie Snyder, Kylie Gilchrist and Megan Stockton.

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Starship # 13: Geld Alkohol Feminismus Sex, Starship Magazine, 2015

Contributors to Starship 13: David Antin, Julie Ault & Lucy R. Lippard on Nancy Spero, Monika Baer, Lars Bang Larsen, Tenzing Barshee, Gerry Bibby, Matthew Billings, Richard Birkett, Robert Bittenbender, Mercedes Bunz, David Bussel, Enzo Camacho, Lou Cantor, Jay Chung, Hans-Christian Dany, Liz Deschenes, Nikola Dietrich, Francesca Drechsler, Martin Ebner, Marte Eknæs, Rainer Ganahl, Karl Holmqvist, Chris Kraus, Jakob Kolding, Greer Lankton, Amy Lien, Ilya Lipkin, Mathieu Malouf, Robert McKenzie, Ariane Müller, Christopher Müller, Henrik Olesen, Monika Rinck, Ulla Rossek, Max Schmidtlein, Tobias Spichtig, Vera Tollmann, Peter Wächtler, Scott Cameron Weaver, Amelie von Wulffen, Stephanie Wurster, Florian Zeyfang

Editors: Nikola Dietrich, Ariane Müller, Martin Ebner, Henrik Olesen
Design: Dan Solbach, with Katerina Trakakis

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Starship #12, Starship Magazine, 2015

With contributions from David Antin, Tenzing Barshee, Gerry Bibby, Hans-Christian Dany, Nikola Dietrich, Stephan Dillemuth, Francesca Drechsler, Martin Ebner, Haytham El-Wardany, Yusuf Etiman, Morgan Fisher, Jean Genet, Julian Göthe, Ulrich Heinke, Judith Hopf, Karl Holmqvist, Chris Kraus, Sam Lewitt, Mikhail Lylov, Crispin Oduor Macachia, Almut Middel, Ariane Müller, Christopher Müller, Henrik Olesen, Sam Pulitzer, Gunter Reski, Mark von Schlegell, Nora Schultz, He-Ji Shin, Mitchell Syrop, Vera Tollmann, Annette Wehrmann, Lily Wittenburg, Amelie von Wulffen, Stephanie Wurster and Florian Zeyfang.

Edited by Ariane Müller, Nikola Dietrich, Henrik Olesen and Martin Ebner

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Chris Kraus, Lost Properties, Semiotext(e), 2014

Everyone wants to be an artist. The number of under- graduate students completing fine arts degrees at US colleges doubled in the years between 1985–2010, according to the Digest of Education Statistics. But being an artist doesn’t necessarily mean making drawings or paintings or sculpture or even installations or videos. The desire to pursue a life in “fine art” simply means a desire to respond creatively to the present, just as the disciplines of “poetry” or “rock & roll” were ciphers for countercultural lifestyles in other eras. 

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Chris Kraus, Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness, Semiotext(e), 2004

Video Green examines the explosion of late 1990s Los Angeles art driven by high-profile graduate programs. Probing the surface of art-critical buzzwords, Chris Kraus brilliantly chronicles how the City of Angels has suddenly become the epicenter of the international art world and a microcosm of the larger culture. Why is Los Angeles so completely divorced from other realities of the city? Shrewd, analytic and witty, Video Green is to the Los Angeles art world what Roland Barthes’ Mythologies were to the society of the spectacle: the live autopsy of a ghost city.

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Chris Kraus, Aliens & Anorexia, Semiotext(e), 2000

As the rope was tightening around my neck, an Alien made love to me. Belief is a technology for softening the landscape. The world becomes more beautiful when God is in it. Here is what happens inside a person's body when they starve.
 
Written in the shadow of Georg Buchner's Lenz at razor pitch, Aliens & Anorexia, first published in 2000, defines a female form of chance that is both emotional and radical. The book unfolds like a set of Chinese boxes, using stories and polemics to travel through a maze that spirals back into itself. Its characters include Simone Weil, the first radical philosopher of sadness, the artist Paul Thek, Kraus herself, and "Africa," her virtual S&M partner who's shooting a big-budget Hollywood film in Namibia while Kraus holes up in the Northwest Woods for the winter to chronicle the failure of Gravity & Grace, her own low-budget independent film.
In Aliens & Anorexia, Kraus argues for empathy as the ultimate perceptive tool, and reclaims anorexia from the psychoanalytic girl-ghetto of poor "self-esteem." Anorexia, Kraus writes, could be an attempt to leave the body altogether: a rejection of the cynicism this culture hands us through its food.

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Chris Kraus, Torpor, Semiotext(e), 2006

Set at the dawn of the New World Order, Chris Kraus's third novel, Torpor loops back to the beginning of the decade that was the basis of I Love Dick, her pseudo-confessional cult-classic debut. It's summer, 1991, post-MTV, pre-AOL. Jerome Shafir and Sylvie Green, two former New Yorkers who can no longer afford an East Village apartment, set off on a journey across the entire former Soviet Bloc with the specious aim of adopting a Romanian orphan. Nirvana's on the radio everywhere, and wars are erupting across Yugoslavia.
Savagely ironic and deeply lyrical, Torpor explores the swirling mix of nationalisms, capital flows and negative entropy that define the present, haunted by the persistence of historical memory. Written in the third person, it is her most personal novel to date.

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