Release Date: August 2, 2006
ISBN: 9781573442503
eISBN: 9781573446174

Jokes and the Unconscious: A Graphic Novel

by Daphne Gottlieb

Heard the one about the dying father? In this savagely brilliant graphic novel by slam poet Daphne Gottlieb (Final Girl) and Hothead Paisan creator Diane DiMassa, a 19-year-old woman named Sasha loses her father to cancer and takes a job in the hospital where he had worked as a doctor. Moving from room to room with her clipboard of forms, Sasha encounters the insane, the suicidal, and the brave — then returns to her office to look up all her friends' and enemies' medical records.

Taking its title from Freud's Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, Gottlieb and DiMassa's first collaboration is both moving and darkly funny. Where comedy meets chemo, where mirth meets mortality, Jokes and the Unconscious explores the murky terrain of grief — a shadowland of memory, sexual escape, and morbid snickering.

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About the author Daphne Gottlieb

Performance poet Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author of Final Girl (Soft Skull Press, 2003), Why Things Burn (Soft Skull Press, 2001), and Pelt (Odd Girls Press, 1999), and the editor of Homewrecker: An Adultery Anthology (Soft Skull Press, 2005). Final Girl was named one of the Village Voice’s Favorite Books of 2003 and received rave reviews from...

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