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Last February, Alison Bechdel was invited to give the annual Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. The series is sponsored by the English department, and previous speakers have included Alfred Kazin, Elizabeth Hardwick, Irving Howe, and Edward Said. Bechdel was introduced as “the daughter of two English teachers”—to polite laughter. Her work is not yet part of the Western canon. She is the author of “Dykes to Watch Out For,” a ...
Alison Bechdel Won a MacArthur Genius Grant. Because She’s a Genius.
Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist behind Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, and, of course, the ever-relevant Bechdel Test, has been named a recipient of this year's MacArthur Fellows, also known as the "genius grant." AWESOME.