Alison Bechdel’s Secrets to Superhuman Productivity

“Part of the fantasy of working all the time, whenever I felt like it, was that time was infinite.”


Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to cartoonist Alison Bechdel, whose work includes the hugely influential comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and the bestselling graphic memoir Fun Home. In the interview, Alison talks about her new book, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, which is about her interest in exercise and fitness but also her work ethic as an artist and writer.

After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss Alison’s skills as a memoirist and her work-life balance. Then they get some creative advice from Pulitzer-winning playwright Michael R. Jackson.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, June asks Alison about the Bechdel Test.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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  • June Thomas is the co-host of Slate's Working podcast. She is writing a book about archetypical lesbian spaces.