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Jokes and the Unconscious
A Graphic Novel
Daphne Gottlieb, Illustrated by Diane DiMassa
ISBN: 9781573442503
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
$17.95
7 x 10
168 pages
June 29, 2006


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"Gottlieb's trenchant prose is beautifully supported by Diane DiMassa's art." --The Advocate

"Grief is just the punchline in Daphne Gottlieb and Diane DiMassa's brilliant and unsettling graphic novel." --Tikkun

"The words...are fierce and funny. The art...vivid and witty...The collaboration is as giddily surreal as it is artistically seamless." --Book Marks, Richard Labonté
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 an American feminist artist, author and cartoonist. Her works include comics, illustrations, and a graphic novel.
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