Jill Soloway, the creator of the Amazon series Transparent, is developing a new pilot for the network, this one based on Chris Kraus’s 1997 novel I Love Dick. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.Kraus is a novelist, essayist, performance artist, filmmaker, and coeditor of the publisher Semiotext(e), through which she has released a majority of her books. (Semiotext(e) was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Soloway’s partner is the poet Eileen Myles, who has appeared on Transparent, and whose work Kraus has published through Semiotext(e).)I Love Dick, Kraus’s first and most famous book, is an epistolary novel comprising a series of letters written by a character—an artist, also named Chris Kraus—to a man named Dick, based on the cultural critic Dick Hebdige. The book deals with Chris’s attempted courtship of Dick and the disintegration of her marriage to a character named Sylvère Lotringer, which is also the name of Chris Kraus’s real ex-husband (and Semiotext(e)’s founder). Kraus once described the novel in an interview with me as “stand-up comedy.” Myles, for her part, called it “paradigm-shifting.”The pilot, according to Deadline, is an adaptation of the novel written by playwright Sarah Gubbins.
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