Almost 20 years after the release of I Love Dick—her autobiographical novel about a married woman filmmaker’s unrequited obsession with a critic—Chris Kraus has become an antihero for a new audience of readers, and watchers of Jill Solloway’s adaptation for Amazon Prime.
What is it that makes HBO’s Girls so special? Start with the sex scenes:
“Afterward, while she is getting dressed, Hannah jokingly refers to herself as the eleven-year-old girl. Adam looks confused and asks what she’s talking about. Hannah reminds him about his fantasy, but clearly her joke has fallen flat, and the disparity between their respective experiences of sex is further amplified: Adam had been blissfully lost to himself while they were doing it, while Hannah was taking mental notes. It is, among other things, an amusing metaphor for Hannah’s chosen profession: the writer is the one busily jotting in her notebook while other people are having orgasms.”