Summer of Hate
Chris Kraus
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Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM By Chris Kraus

In his journal, Paul liked to make lists What he ordered from Commissary shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, the transistor radio he had for a week before the guards took it away The books he picked off the cart The Bible, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Codependent No More What phone calls he made and received also, Bible Study certificates, letters and cards, his w In his journal, Paul liked to make lists What he ordered from Commissary shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, the transistor radio he had for a week before the guards took it away The books he picked off the cart The Bible, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Codependent No More What phone calls he made and received also, Bible Study certificates, letters and cards, his workout routines and his moods Anxious, Nervous, Trusting in God, but mostly Depressed Paul has a record of every push up he did while he was in prison but he cannot remember shit about what happened before his arrest from Summer of Hate 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 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.Caught in the nightmarish Byzantine world of the legal system, Catt and Paul s empathic attempts to save each other s lives seems doomed to dissolve Summer of Hate is a novel about flawed reciprocity and American justice, recording recent events through the prism of a beleaguered romance As lucid and trenchant as ever, Kraus in her newest novel reminds us that the writer can be a first responder of sorts when power becomes invisible, or merely banal.
  • Title: Summer of Hate
  • Author: Chris Kraus
  • ISBN: 9781584351139
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback

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Jacob Wren Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
For me Chris Kraus is something like the perfect writer (whose books are made even greater by the honesty of their many imperfections.) She is the writer my generation needs to jump start English-speaking literature again in these hopelessly depleted, heart-sick and mediocre times, to re-invent directness in a world of spin and televisual lies. Every novel she writes, for me, reinvents the game (though Aliens & Anorexia remains my favorite, perhaps only because it was the first one I read.) [...]
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Lee Foust Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Another amazingly important novel from Chris Kraus. There might be other novels recounting the slippery descent into self-hatred, fear, and scapegoating that the Bush administration precipitated and which has firmly gripped the USA since the turn of the century but, not having read any of them--or even knowing about them--I find this novel astounding and original in its penetrating gaze into our current social and political situation. We have indeed become a nation divided into waggish "haves" w [...]
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Michael Livingston Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
This is an entertaining novel that tries to tackle the big issues of the Bush-era USA - class, race, nationalism, the prison-industrial complex, crumbling lives in crumbling cities and ways that people get by. The central plot thread is the romance between Catt, cultural commentator cum real estate entrepreneur and Paul, the ex-con with a heart of gold. This flickers along without ever fully convincing, and there's a sense throughout that the characters are pawns in Kraus' bigger political game. [...]
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Cindy Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Kraus has talent for creating that punched in the gut sensation, pointing out the insanity and disconnect we all lived under during the Bush administration. Kraus is able to put her finger directly onto the emotions of those years. She illustrates a time we all seemed to be under a Xanax haze, numb and ambivalent to the cruelty the US was imposing on the outsiders of our society. This novel has its flaws, in my opinion they lie mostly with character, but they are so forgivable in the light of wh [...]
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Eugene Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
the kind of honesty i like. one with a thin sheen of fiction and, on occasion, a thick glob of style (but this mostly subtle, a french exit or a tasteful gesture). mannered yet truthful. paced here with a good and slow buildup but not quite manipulatively suspenseful. an effective documentary-ish presentation re: class, race, and cultural capital and, reading it in january 2017, the appalling realization the bush II years were a restrained preview and not the nadir. dug this book.
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Phil Overeem Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
This is the kind of fiction I wish there was more of: about the real lives of people in the 21st century, free of writerly tricks. There was something about the hands-across-the-social-classes romance/reverse-Pygmalion thing that was hard to buy, but I did like Kraus' analysis of what's gone wrong with us.
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Alice Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Promising premise and moments of cleverness throughout, but explaining the prison industrial complex through a romance between a rich white lady and a thinly drawn diamond-in-the-rough felon felt embarrassing and dated.
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Full Stop Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
full-stop/2012/09/04/rReview by Meagan DayAuthor and editor Chris Kraus has long been intent on collapsing the barrier between autobiographical reflection and serious political thought. In her first novel I Love Dick, which features a protagonist candidly named Chris Kraus, she asks, “If women have failed to make ‘universal’ art because we’re trapped within the ‘personal,’ why not universalize the ‘personal’ and make it the subject of our art?” I Love Dick was published fifteen [...]
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Christine Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Last one of the series as I understand it, that began with I Love Dick and has continued in similar style through this, the 4th book in the semi-autobiographical/philosophical work that so characterizes Kraus and that I so like. This one takes a political turn as Catt Dunlop (stand-in for Kraus), becomes involved with an ex-felon and begins to understand the myriad complications and problems that make re-entry into society a near-impossibility for convicted felons - especially those from impover [...]
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Sandy Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
PART ONE I read like ten pages of this and Kraus only stopped bragging about her real estate prowess long enough to use 'Aspergers' and 'whore' disparagingly. Maybe I will come back to this and find out it gets better but basically fuck this bookRT TWOI needed to take a paper book on a camping trip in case my kindle batteries died, and a friend had convinced me to give this another go so I took it. This book is so fucking bad, dumb, and politically fucked. It's ostensibly about cycles of poverty [...]
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LittleJoe Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Moving out of the confessional, essayistic 'I' of I Love Dick and Aliens & Anorexia into a more traditional, novelistic third person doesn't suit Kraus. Nor does the novel's worthy, sincere politicking, which would make Orwell blush. Similarly, narrative's complicity with capitalism, something Kraus has touched upon before, is pushed in a more overt way: Eleanor Marx and George Eliot are referenced as Simone Weil and Ulrike Meinhof were in Aliens, as symbols of the text's concerns, while sum [...]
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Alvin Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
This super-brilliant (though flawed) novel examines the ever-widening class divide in America from a new angle. Catt, a sharp-witted, middle-aged intellectual with an outsider sensibility and (paradoxically) a talent for real estate, makes for a likable protagonist. Driven by some combination of loneliness, boredom, and existential despair, she seeks diversion by dating a practitioner of BDSM who turns out to be a con-man, and then a recovering underclass alcoholic ensnared by the prison industr [...]
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Jeremy Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
started out okay, but the second half of the book was pretty terrible. the plot was extremely rushed, the language takes on a very different tone with some really weird diction ("the sunset was the bomb"). And most importantly the author was pretty clearly trying to make a dig at joe arpaioa [sic] and the bush administration, which would normally be fine. But it was done in an incredibly distracting and juvenile way. It was as if she was trying to give context to the story by railing on bush, bu [...]
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Halina Myers Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Interesting discussion of an ex-felon trying to piece his life back together, and the injustice of the American state system for ex-cons trying to rebuild their lives, especially financially. The narrative style was purposefully disjointed, and if i were to compare the start of the novel to the middle and the end sections it is almost like I have read three separate books, with different storylines. This style does however reflect real life which I really liked. It was a well researched novel an [...]
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Joey Diamond Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Oh I don't know. Is it brilliant or awful? Is it a brilliant statement on middle class people knowing nothing about how most people live or is it just embarassing?I read this fast it's paced like that, and I couldn't slow down. And sometimes it's just laughable and I had only my investment in thinking Chris Kraus is a genius to keep me going, but then it does say some things. Help someone tell me what to think about this!
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Dearwassily Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
"Was she really as abject as she appeared in her writings? Wondering if she'll have to summon French theory for the rest of her life to explain her brief, girlish adventures, she performs as expected and deflects the question."
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Elizabeth Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
I really wanted to love my Kraus, but the characters all so selfish Whatever interpretations made on justice system and class just don't matter when there's no compassion for humansor is that the point?
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Mark Broadhead Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
Trying so hard not to be literature. Wants to be an opinion piece, more than anything.
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David Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
so this will stick with you.
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David Sep 24, 2020 - 21:59 PM
I get it Kraus, no need to drive the point home. Way to make a complex issue one-dimentional with characters that feel store-bought and plastic-wrapped fit for purpose.
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Summer of Hate By Chris Kraus In his journal, Paul liked to make lists What he ordered from Commissary shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, the transistor radio he had for a week before the guards took it away The books he picked off the cart The Bible, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Codependent No More What phone calls he made and received also, Bible Study certificates, letters and cards, his w In his journal, Paul liked to make lists What he ordered from Commissary shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, the transistor radio he had for a week before the guards took it away The books he picked off the cart The Bible, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Codependent No More What phone calls he made and received also, Bible Study certificates, letters and cards, his workout routines and his moods Anxious, Nervous, Trusting in God, but mostly Depressed Paul has a record of every push up he did while he was in prison but he cannot remember shit about what happened before his arrest from Summer of Hate 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 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.Caught in the nightmarish Byzantine world of the legal system, Catt and Paul s empathic attempts to save each other s lives seems doomed to dissolve Summer of Hate is a novel about flawed reciprocity and American justice, recording recent events through the prism of a beleaguered romance As lucid and trenchant as ever, Kraus in her newest novel reminds us that the writer can be a first responder of sorts when power becomes invisible, or merely banal.

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