Thursday, December 11, 2008
Best-loved Books of 2008, #11: Favorite collection of a long-running work
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Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Allison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)
(Bonus: mad hipster queer indie cred!)
Before she became a literary hero with her memoir Fun Home, Allison Bechdel spent a couple of decades writing a comic strip. But in the hands of someone so talented, a comic strip became a combination of an astute weekly political column and an endless Victorian novel. I spent weeks obsessed with the fates of the hilarious, smart-mouthed queer women and men of all stripes in the world of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For -- it's a juicy soap opera, smart social commentary, and insight into the mind of a writer. Worth spending some time with, whatever you're watching out for.