Alison Bechdel Is an Official Genius

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Alison Bechdel is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the “genius” grant. The author of the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic as well as the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” Bechdel is currently doing an artist’s residency in a castle of Civitella Ranieri in central Italy. She is drawing life-size sketches in charcoal, mostly of herself doing yoga poses. Castles, awards of genius, appropriately large reams of paper: Bechdel deserves all these things and more.