Alison Bechdel talks with Judith Thurman
The New Yorker Festival
About Alison Bechdel
Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist and graphic novelist. She is the creator of the Bechdel test, and her work includes the long-running comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” as well as the graphic memoirs “Fun Home” and “Are You My Mother?” The stage-musical adaptation of “Fun Home” premièred on Broadway in 2015 and received five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Bechdel is the recipient of an Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Lambda Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature, among other honors.
Judith Thurman began contributing to The New Yorker in 1987 and became a staff writer in 2000. She profiled Alison Bechdel for the magazine in 2012. “First Impressions,” Thurman’s 2008 reportage about the Chauvet cave paintings, inspired Werner Herzog’s film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” and her book “Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller,” the winner of the 1983 National Book Award for nonfiction, served as a basis for the film “Out of Africa.” Her most recent book is the essay collection “Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire.”