Interview

Alison Bechdel and the Super Fan Who Was Not an Uber Driver [PODCAST]

Recode Decode's Kara Swisher sits down with Alison Bechdel to discuss FUN HOME's San Francisco run and one very excited fan.

(L to R): FUN HOME composer Jeanine Tesori, Carole Shorenstein Hays, and Fun Home author Alison Bechdel

 (L to R): FUN HOME composer Jeanine Tesori, Carole Shorenstein Hays, and Fun Home author Alison Bechdel (c) Drew Altizer

Originally published on recode.net

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who created the long-running comic “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1983, achieved widespread fame when she published her autobiography, Fun Home, in 2006 — coinciding with a major growth spurt for social media.

“I kind of got into blogging at the time that Fun Home came out, and I suddenly had this big audience,” Bechdel said on a new bonus episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “But then Facebook kind of put the kibosh on that.”

Speaking with Swisher at Carole Shorenstein Hays' newly renovated Curran theater after a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical based on Fun Home, Bechdel said she also got “burnt out” on social media.

“As the juggernaut of FUN HOME kept going, I started to feel — finally, at last — overexposed,” Bechdel said. “It took a while, but I reached my threshold. I don’t really need to be online talking to people all day about what I’m doing. It was seductive for a while, though.”

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