August 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized
Are you watching the Olympics? Are you freaking out like I am because you just got a tv the size of your first futon?
I just found out that there’s going to be a Chinese translation of my memoir Fun Home. Which is pretty amazing. It’s been translated in a lot of places that seem unlikely to me, like Hungary and South Korea. But China–that’s pretty wild. There’s one catch, though.
They want to edit a few of my more explicit drawings. The sex scenes, the naked dead guy on the embalming table–they came up with a clever way to put text boxes over the offending body parts.
Although I find that sort of censorship as perverse as the publisher fears Chinese readers will find these images, I’ve agreed to it. It seems like a small compromise to make to get such an otherwise very queer book published there.