In Are You My Mother? I’m kind of zooming in on the very act of reflection. Why is it so crucial, how does it work? How does it affect the way we become ourselves? Why does false reflection go hand in hand with oppression? How do you undo internalized oppression? The book, as my mom observes near the end, is a metabook, a book that’s about its own creation. It’s also as detailed a self-portrait‚ as detailed a reflection of myself‚ as I can muster.(She also talks to the Wall Street Journal, Jezebel, and Vermont Public Radio. Her earlier comic strip, the long-running "Dykes to Watch Out For," set the stage for using cartooning as a means to explore and represent a self.)
AB: ...Whenever I talk in public about Fun Home, people are always very curious about my mother and want to know more about her. But I didn’t intentionally set out to answer their questions by writing a book about her. Are You My Mother? came out of my own organic desire to understand more about her myself.Please enjoy the "lucid comic anguish" of Bechdel and her drawn-from-life art.
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