Alison Bechdel

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Fun Home review – Alison Bechdel memoir-musical adaptation burrows its way into your heart
Behind the image of a picture-perfect family is a father’s torment and an artist’s attempt to grasp at the truth

Debbie Zhou

11, May, 2021 @1:05 AM

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Yoga, karate, skiing … Alison Bechdel on her lifelong obsession with exercise
Ever since she was a child, the Fun Home cartoonist has been fascinated by fitness. The cartoonist talks about the ‘salvation’ of running, polyamory and being seduced by a fan

Emma Brockes

01, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The secret herstory: what happened to Donna Tartt's women?
Her novels do not fail the Bechdel test, and her women are not without nuance. But they are obscured by unreliable male narrators

Mikaella Clements

25, Sep, 2019 @1:31 PM

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From Tales of the City to Tipping the Velvet: top 10 books about coming out
Novelist Kate Davies picks the best books about a task that never happens just once

Kate Davies

20, Feb, 2019 @10:23 AM

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Top 10 fictional booksellers
From Italo Calvino to Iain Sinclair and Alison Bechdel, literary retailers have been at the centre of some wild, dark dramas

Bartholomew Bennett

12, Dec, 2018 @10:33 AM

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Robin Ince's top 10 books about the human condition
From Douglas Adams to Oliver Sacks, the standup comedian reveals some of the writers that have helped him try to work out what makes us tick

Robin Ince

17, Oct, 2018 @11:14 AM

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The week in theatre: Fun Home; One for Sorrow; Undaunted; Windrush: 492 – review
Acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel comes to life in a remarkable new musical, a stranger menaces liberal London, and a high-wire suffragette thrills

Susannah Clapp

01, Jul, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Fun Home review – Bechdel memoir takes stage musical in new directions
This adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel is a beautifully performed mix of memory-play and strip-cartoon

Michael Billington

28, Jun, 2018 @11:20 AM

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Wonder women: how this summer's TV passes the Bechdel test
Shows such as Orange is the New Black, GLOW and Claws allow their female characters to do more than just play the girlfriend, signaling important progress

Rebecca Nicholson

23, Jun, 2017 @12:45 PM

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Why the Bechdel test doesn’t (always) work
If this simple gauge of gender inequality in film has Twilight winning over Gravity, there’s obviously something wrong. As a feminist playwright, I’ve found another solution

Samantha Ellis

20, Aug, 2016 @6:00 AM

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US promotes gay rights at United Nations with Broadway musical visit
US ambassador takes 17 UN envoys to see award-winning play Fun Home, centred around lesbian character and her gay father

Mark Tran and agencies

02, Mar, 2016 @1:47 PM

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The not-so-secret history of comics drawn by women
The head of the festival that awards comics’ most prestigious prize – the Grand Prix – claimed that women don’t appear in the history of comics. He’s wrong

Laurenn McCubbin

10, Jan, 2016 @12:00 PM

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