Intermission for class today: Fun Home

Here are three pages from Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). The first two — from the first chapter, “Old Father, Old Artificer” — contrast young Alison and her father. He was a high school English teacher who invested considerable energy and skill into restoring the old 19th century Gothic Revival house that they lived in to exacting and authentic standards. 

And then this page from the beginning of chapter three, “That Old Catastrophe,” describing her parents’ response after she comes out to them while she’s in college. Not long after she sent that letter, her father was killed when he was struck by a Wonder Bread truck in what might have been an accident or might have been suicide.

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