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Alison Bechdel

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Sparrow: Listen, Mo. I have been doing crisis intervention with battered, homeless women and kids all week long. Tonight, I am going to vegetate in front of the TV. If you're so worried about Bosnia, go join the Red Cross.
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#157, "Diversions" (1993), collected in Spawn of DTWOF (1993)

 
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