Aliens & Anorexia

Aliens Anorexia First published in Chris Kraus s second novel Aliens Anorexia defined a female form of chance that is both emotional and radical Unfolding like a set of Chinese boxes with storytelling and ph

  • Title: Aliens & Anorexia
  • Author: Chris Kraus Palle Yourgrau
  • ISBN: 9781584351269
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 2000, Chris Kraus s second novel, Aliens Anorexia, defined a female form of chance that is both emotional and radical Unfolding like a set of Chinese boxes, with storytelling and philosophy informing each other, the novel weaves together the lives of earnest visionaries and failed artists Its characters include Simone Weil, the first radical phFirst published in 2000, Chris Kraus s second novel, Aliens Anorexia, defined a female form of chance that is both emotional and radical Unfolding like a set of Chinese boxes, with storytelling and philosophy informing each other, the novel weaves together the lives of earnest visionaries and failed artists Its characters include Simone Weil, the first radical philosopher of sadness the artist Paul Thek Kraus herself and Africa, Kraus s virtual SM partner, who is shooting a big budget Hollywood film in Namibia while Kraus holes up in the Northwest woods to chronicle the failure of Gravity Grace, her own low budget independent film.In Aliens Anorexia, Kraus makes a case 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 that this culture hands us through its food As Palle Yourgrau writes in the book s new foreword, Kraus s rescue operation for aliens like Weil from behind enemy lines on planet Earth is a gift, if, in the end, like all good deeds, it remains as Weil herself would be the first to insist a fool s errand.

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    1. Chris Kraus is a writer, filmmaker, and professor of film at European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland 1 Her books include I Love Dick, Aliens Anorexia, and Torpor Video Green, Kraus first non fiction book examines the explosion of late 1990s art by high profile graduate programs that catapulted Los Angeles into the center of the international art world Her films include Gravity Grace, How To Shoot A Crime, and The Golden Bowl, or, Repression.

    2. I never realized Aliens was the least popular of Kraus's "torpor" trilogy, but it's my favorite. It's the one where she assembles a radical philosophy of sadness. I love that. I reread it because it was snowing a lot where I live.

    3. I love all books by Chris Kraus. But Aliens & Anorexia holds a place in my heart far beyond all others.

    4. Connections. Juxtapositions. Narrative. Non-sequitur. Personal essay. Lies. Fiction. A screenplay novelization. Philosophy. Citation, reference, and allusion. Confession. A bulimic writer purging words from a mind that wants to empty itself, become alien, de-create. Sex. Phone sex. S & M. Writing as abstinence. Writing broken down into compartments and mixed, jumbled.I begin reading this on the airplane, the eleven-hour flight to Frankfurt from San Francisco, during the pretend nighttime, af [...]

    5. it's sort of like reading a really involved blog. it's an effective and interesting piece of writing. basically, the protagonist is shopping a film that sounds like a dispassionate mess of pretension while thinking back to shooting it. this is interspersed with a biography of simone weil and a rambling narrative about sado masochism and phone sex lines. it's kind of bitchy and present. it's interesting, the way that the post y2k era can seem retro despite being written like the hyper modernity i [...]

    6. Before she became the groundbreaking theorist / novelist / detourned-conceptual-memoirist she is today, Chris Kraus was the maker of deft, smart experimental films, culminating in her rarely-seen, under-acknowledged feature Gravity and Grace. The film took its title from Simone Weil but explored the modern emptinesses waiting to be filled by cult membership and the aimless but determined pull towards art. It didn't do well with audiences, critics, or festivals, it seems, and both the unwieldy pr [...]

    7. new narrative, if i'm using that term correctly. collagistic, memoirish. a lot of philosophy (Simone Weil, especially) and other meaty kind of stuff mixed in with the day to day. borrows from deleuze in her formulation of anorexia as an active stance, "the rejection of the cynicism that this culture hands us through food" (163). the citation of which is a reality check as i need to go write my paper FOREAL.

    8. Amazing. I'm going to read everything she's ever written. Paul Thek, Ulrike Meinhof, Simone Weil, S&M phone sex, failed films could you go wrong? An essential meditation on what it means to be a woman and a philosopher.

    9. It's clear after reading this book why Chris Kraus is the art world's favorite writer - this was indeed an interesting collage of experimental fiction mixed with memoir/essay/thesis. The book is a unique reading experience, switching back from diary entries, to straightforward memoir, to emails, to thesis arguments, philosophy essays, art history, and topped off with a screenplay/film treatment. It was difficult to switch between what felt real (and was surely autobiographical) to treatise-like [...]

    10. Part art criticism, part biography, part memoir, part sadomasochism philosophy (or D/s as Kraus often abbreviates it).This is a real tour de force exploration of Kraus' philosophy and life lived. I learned so much from her: About the art of Paul Thek, about philosophy and life of Simone Weir, about Kraus' film Gravity & Grace, and about her epistolary D/s romance with "Africa". For that, I say "thank you, Chris. This was great!"The thread that ties these parts together is a specific kind of [...]

    11. i didn't love this one as much. 'video green' and 'i love dick' totally rocked my world, but this one fell a little flat for me. the intelligence and insight is still there, but the hard bright clarity of language is absent here. conceptually, i love the idea, re-staging a "failed" film into a novel, but it's not totally compelling in practice. aliens and anorexia, however, is a piece of the larger narrative kraus tells about her own life in her four novel/essays, and is interesting in that some [...]

    12. Wider ranging than I Love Dick, but as a result not as satsifying as a novel -- or whatever Kraus's books officially are. She can be very funny and deadly point on when writing about the contemporary art world, and she also makes a totally absurd group of apocalypse dreamers poignant. I don't think I will read Simoe Weill as a result of Aliens and Anorexia, but I have gone out and bought a 500 page book on Paul Thek, an artist that has previously been only a name to me.

    13. Reading as a prequel to her series, it's the weakest link in Kraus's tumultscape of regretable relationships and hiccuping career, but still worth a read. Like the film she struggles to complete in the book, the whole thing falls apart in the end - but strewn throughout, some excellent lit crit and insightful interpretations of the body's reactions to the culture at large.

    14. If Chris Kraus had been forced to swallow her own ideas for thirty years, finally spattering herself against a brick wall at 60 MPH, I imagine the result might look something like Aliens & Anorexia. People who write for an audience are typically looking for feedback, and if your audience is not terribly bright or engaged (and you are) most of that feedback is negative. Getting used to rejection, summative evaluations become formative, and the objective of creating something pleasing to yours [...]

    15. This book read like a very spaced out, scattered conversation with an estranged friend but I honestly enjoyed it. I don't have anything specific to say about this book, it was my introduction into Chris Kraus' work and I do have other readings I want to get into from her so this could be something I come back to and enjoy further but for right now 3 stars feels the most honest.

    16. This book is part of the series that begins with I Love Dick and ends (I think) with Summer of Hate.In this installment, Kraus refers to herself as "I" and finally tells the story of her "failed" experimental film,Gravity and Grace, the ghost that has haunted the previous two books. In typical fashion, though, this is not a linear narrative. Beginning at the end, so to speak, of the film, we find Chris at a European film festival, desperately trying one last time to find distribution for her fil [...]

    17. Kraus's miniature biographies of cultural figures such as Paul Thek and Simone Weil are fascinating and compelling, and she does an excellent job of weaving and drawing connections between all these biographical and autobiographical materials through Aliens (male predators) & Anorexia (the feminine byproduct of such predation). However, Kraus's interaction with Gavin is much more compelling than the characters of the film, so when the final section follows only the film with no cuts back to [...]

    18. Fascinating! I love the way Kraus's books give a (seemingly) brutally honest window into the writer's mind. The plot/through-line was not quite as compelling as in I Love Dick but I still enjoyed just letting all the different components wash over me.

    19. I love Chris Kraus, & that's all there is to say. 1 of the last of the true bohemians. Turns any discourse, from her developmentally disabled friend, to her phone sex affair, to Simone Weill, eclectic and attention grabbing.

    20. Kraus's ability to take you in multiple directions while retaining a coherent structure gives this book a cinematic quality that pulls you in. The book has fictional qualities but seems more like a combination of essay and memoir. I'll be be reading more of her stuff in the near future.

    21. Somewhat of a mash-up between Kathy Acker's Empire of the Senseless and a Tama Janowitz novel. Not the post-feminist chic lit I was looking for. My usual critique: more aliens, less anorexia. The fun parts are really fun, though.

    22. "It was a happy time. She lived on cocoa and potatoes and adrenaline."So much to think about. I don't understand everything. I promise myself I'll write a longer thing here on, say, Monday when I'm on an actual computer.

    23. Reading this book made me feel like I was on drugs - exhilarating, enlightening, saddening and bewildering all at once. Chris Kraus took my emotions and put them through a philosophical shredder. Just because things seem serious, it doesn't mean they are.

    24. Chris Kraus fans will enjoy learning "where she came from" Others may be pleasantly amused and perplexed. (Both are good things.)

    25. Always good to discover an author who I wasn't familiar with - even though she grew up in good old NZ. Intriguing, hard to describe, but in the good sort of way.

    26. Just one of those books that could have been written by me if I were older, had a vagina, and were into S/M.

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