This is Alison Bechdel's memoir about her father and her coming out. How she discovered that her father was gay shortly after she came out and shortlyThis is Alison Bechdel's memoir about her father and her coming out. How she discovered that her father was gay shortly after she came out and shortly before he died.
I wish I had read this before "Are You My Mother?" There are a lot of call backs in that book to this one. "Are You My Mother?" gave me a lot of insights into my own relationship with my mother. I learned very little about myself from this book. This book is very much about Bechdel. The only point of similarity I could find was the tall ships. I remember them. And my family also visited New York City when I was young.
I'd gotten the impression from her second memoir that her father had killed himself. But she is honest in this book that it is not clear that he killed himself. His death might have been an accident.
There are a lot of things about her father that she never resolves.
It's a very interesting book. Now I want to go read all my copies of the "Dykes to Watch Out For" strips.
I like this book. It made me laugh. Humor is subjective. If you enjoy Jenny Lawson's Blog http://thebloggess.com/ then you will probably enjoy this boI like this book. It made me laugh. Humor is subjective. If you enjoy Jenny Lawson's Blog http://thebloggess.com/ then you will probably enjoy this book. If you don't enjoy her blog you will probably not enjoy this book. I'm fairly sure at least one of the chapters was a blog post.
Reading her blog I often wondered why she stayed with her husband Victor. He didn't seem very supportive. Now that I have read the book I understand, and can see that he really is very supportive.
I also learned a lot about general anxiety disorder. I suffer from social anxiety myself and it really helped to read about her experiences.
There is a lot of unnecessary swearing and vaginas. I could have dome with less swearing but the vaginas were pretty funny.
One reviewer complained that they expect a book to be more coherent than a series of blog posts. Well, that was their mistake. This book is exactly like a series of blog posts.
Another reviewer complained about the "parenthetical ramblings and anxious Turrets-style outbursts". Those were my favorite parts. Humor is about surprise and her wild digressions are part of why she is so funny. ...more
This book contains some stories about Allie Brosh's childhood, some stories about her battles with depression, and some stories about her dogs. It conThis book contains some stories about Allie Brosh's childhood, some stories about her battles with depression, and some stories about her dogs. It contains the infamous cake story, the "parp" story, and the explanation of what it's like to be depressed. Unfortunately it doesn't contain the famous Allie Brosh pain scale, or the "alot".
It is printed on heavy shiny paper. Probably because of all the color illustrations. And every chapter is on a different color paper. (Except for the Depression chapters, they are both the same.)
I finished this book in a few hours. Probably because of all the illustrations. If you've seen her blog you know what her illustrations look like. They are crude. Some people don't like that.
She is usually funny. The final chapter is a bit of downer though. She is a bit hard on herself for not being as good of a person as she would like to be. But it reminded me of the first episode of the podcast "Invisibilia: The Secret History of Thoughts" http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibil... People who are upset by their negative thoughts are good people. They wouldn't be bothered by the bad thoughts if they weren't good people.
I always called the source of those negative thoughts the "Imp of the Perverse". Being tormented by the imp of the perverse does not itself make you a bad person.
I want my therapist to read this book. In the hope that it will help him understand depression. ...more