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LISTEN: Alison Bechdel On ‘The Secret To Superhuman Strength’

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Excerpted from “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Alison Bechdel.";s:

Alison Bechdel is a popular American cartoonist. She’s best known for her graphic memoir “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” which was later adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical. She’s also a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. The Vermont resident's new graphic memoir, “The Secret To Superhuman Strength,” is about exercise and the new fitness trends Bechdel picks up with each decade – from running to yoga to skiing. But it's also about transcending. She pushes to excel as an athlete, cartoonist and partner. And she tries to find a way past her ego and fear of death. 

Bechdel says the secret to "superhuman strength" is living in the present moment.

“Stop suffering and whining and just do it,” Bechdel told NEXT.

In a recent interview, Bechdel talks about her life, new memoir and why she chose New England as home.

This interview with Bechdel was featured in a recent episode from NEXT and the New England News Collaborative. Listen to the entire episode here.

Morgan Springer is the host/producer for the weekly show NEXT and the New England News Collaborative, a ten-station consortium of public radio newsrooms. She joined WNPR in 2019. Before working at Connecticut Public Radio, Morgan was the news director at Interlochen Public Radio in northern Michigan, where she launched and co-hosted a weekly show Points North.
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