Comic artist and author Alison Bechdel explores the links between comics, family tragedy, and psychoanalysis in a conversation with Judith Thurman.
Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For has become a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. And her more recent, darkly humorous graphic memoirs about her family have forged an unlikely intimacy with an even wider range of readers.
In 2006 she published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Time magazine named it the Best Book of 2006, describing the tightly architected investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.”
Judith Thurman is a staff writer at The New Yorker. "Drawn from Life," her Profile of Alison Bechdel, ran in the April 23rd issue. She is the author of the biographies "Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette" and "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller" and of "Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire."