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Current Wisdom

By From the October 2013 issue

The Progressive In another of the Prog’s historic literary interviews, the lunkheads sit down with a cartoonist by the name of Alison Bechdel, “author of the legendary comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For,” where Alison strikes a melancholy note before popping off to her latest gig as a nocturnal dishwasher: Q: Dykes to Watch Out For was often highly political. In addition to featuring a cast of lesbian characters (which was political in itself), those characters frequently discussed the issues of the day. I recall a good deal of criticism of the George W. Bush Administration. Since then, you’ve shifted toward intensely introspective work. Are you burned out on politics? Have you traded overt commentary for a more ‘personal is political’ approach?  Bechdel: Yes, I feel like I have. I also feel like something did get burnt out in me, something very deep during the Bush Administration. I stopped my comic strip in the spring of 2008, just before the election season, and I feel like George Bush killed Dykes to Watch Out For.  Q: That’s sad!

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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn't Work: Social Democracy's Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.