Jokes and the Unconscious
Publication Date: June 2006
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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.
Diane DiMassa is best known as the creator of the controversial and widely popular comic-zine Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist. She is also the illustrator of a number of books, including Kathy Acker's Pussycat Fever (1995), Kate Bornstein's My Gender Workbook (1998), and Anne Fausto-Sterling's Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (2000). DiMassa's illustrations and artwork have been featured in group and solo shows across North America. DiMassa is also regularly invited to give guest lectures at colleges and art institutes across North America.