Poetry. Fiction. Philosophy. Katy Bohinc’s DEAR ALAIN is a headlong, investigative imagined conversation between Poet and Philosopher, a long love poem of letters addressed to French Platonist philosopher, Alain Badiou. At once a romance novel of a sort, a metaphor of the relationship between poetry & philosophy, and a representation of the work of Alain Badiou. Includes a short response by Badiou himself. A place where, We meet at infinity.
She’s terrific, and I don’t even think very often about Alain Badiou–I’m just enjoying her exclamations, and her explanations of how poetry, for her, embodies intuition and provides evidence for embodied experience. It’s a very good book and I’m going to quote it at people.–Stephen Burt
Surely, certainly, amusingly, thoroughly, this book is the perfectly unfaithful book in its loving address to that collapsed beast, philosophy. Between its slick covers, Katy gambols. She defies the parameters of the epistolary mini-drama her letters to Alain Badiou act out: a park, a platonic table, a parallelogram that meets at the horizon. ‘How do you not wonder if the canon has made a mistake’ she asks. The sheer vitality of her quest shows us that philosophy depends on being dead a little bit.–Lisa Robertson
This book should be banished!–Slavoj Zizek