Continuing his somewhat incongruous attention to books, Seth Meyers featured graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel on yesterday’s Late Night show, devoting the entire second half to her book Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2006) and its Tony-winning Broadway musical adaptation.
Meyers asked Bechdel to share the impetus behind Fun Home. Although it’s covered in the book, Bechdel’s recounting added emotional depth to the story of her coming out while in college and how that ultimately revealed her father’s hidden homosexual infidelity. He died shortly after in an accident that may have actually been a suicide.
That sad moment was balanced against a scene from the play, staged on Meyers set, in which the Broadway cast performed “Changing My Major.”
This may set a precedent in the amount of time devoted to a book by a late night talk show host.
Holds are spiking in some libraries beyond ratios of 6:1 while a few libraries we checked had copies on the shelf.
A cast album is also available:
Tesori, Jeanine, composer, Fun home: a new Broadway musical, (PS Classics)