me talking about myself

December 23rd, 2010 | Other Projects

A student from Rutgers came to my house with a film crew last September to interview me for a documentary filmmaking project. I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around what exactly it was for…the student is part of something called the Institute for Women’s Leadership and for some reason the word “leadership” always makes my mind go blank. But she made a very nice interview. Great job, Mimi and crew!

I’m trying to embed it but if that doesn’t work you can see it here.

Oh! And look. Someone just sent me a link to this amazing in-depth interview with Lynda Barry with the Onion’s A/V Club! I think I’m getting her new book Picture This for Christmas.

18 Responses to “me talking about myself”

  1. Calico says:

    Happy Solstice/Merry Christmas Alison and Holly and Dr. Winnicott, and everyone else here (even if you don’t celebrate these holidays, be well!).

    AB, have you ever met this chap who does wonderful cat animations? Good stuff, and oh so true…
    http://simonscat.com/santaclaws.html
    Enjoy! Miaow! >^^<

  2. Calico says:

    Just watched the Rutgers crew interview. Wow.
    Baring of the soul and our experiences, however painful, is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, and sometimes others.
    Thank you.

  3. Pam I. says:

    I cannot not post this. Other web gifts are available.

  4. Swistle says:

    I’m hoping for the new Lynda Barry book for Christmas, too!

  5. mustardandwine says:

    Since my girlfriend and I aren’t together for christmas itself this year, I got my copy of Picture This a week early and have scarcely put it down since. Perfect for a half-heartedly snowy day…

  6. khatgrrl says:

    Thanks Calico! Love it.

  7. Hélène says:

    Joyeux Noël !!!

  8. rinky says:

    Thanks. Lovely.

    Happy day tomorrow all.

  9. ksbel6 says:

    Nice clip, well done by all parties.

  10. spoilsport says:

    Nice job Mimi! This reminds me that I really must buy the essential DTWOF.

  11. Marj says:

    Loved it.

    Condiments of the Seasoning, all.

  12. NLC says:

    My holiday gift to you all (courtesy of the announcer on Vermont Public Radio this morning):

    The french word for “partridge” is “perdrix, which is pronounced (approximately) pear-dree.

    Or (perhaps) “…and a pear-dree in a pear tree.”

    Anyway, the best of whatever-the-heck-you-wish to us all.

  13. John says:

    I’m even just excited that this opens with Joanna Newsom’s “Have One On Me”!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Happy Boxing Day to all the Brits and those in the former colonies who celebrate Dec.26. I just found out that that day is also St. Stephen’s Day.

  15. […] In an interview about herself, Alison Bechdel says that when she was a child, pop culture images of women always emphasized their femininity, so that they were “not generic, they were always female people.”  (Alison Bechdel)*** […]

  16. chloe says:

    Happy New Year !! Hoping 2011 will be a most productive, creative and enjoyable year for you. Not to say that 2010 was too shabby. Anyway, I really enjoyed the excerpt from the documentary that the student from Rutgers did with you. Very powerful, much food for thought. As always thank you for enlightening, inspiring and giving us the courage to go on.

  17. ready2agitate says:

    That was great! Thanks to you both, Mimi & AB, for sharing that with us – I loved it!

    PS Alison, I think your work is integral to the cultural shift that occurred in the 20 years it took you to tell your story. So maybe you tell/told your stories not only to preserve your personal sanity, but to help forge a new culture — one that preserves society’s sanity — for all of us. (– which is why we love you!).

  18. What a terrific interview, Alison!
    I’ve gobbled up (and own) absolutely everything you’ve published and can’t wait for your next graphic novel.
    Your family drama makes me feel less alone in mine. Luckily, I’ve managed to get therapy and have created a family of my own with far fewer psychoses!! 🙂
    Happy New Year!!