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Mother May I?: A Post-Floydian Folly

by Sarah Boxer


Mother May I? is the sequel to the comic In the Floyd Archives. In this hilarious and terrifying riff on the work of the child psychoanalysts Melanie Klein and DW Winnicott, Floyd’s old patients take a turn with Melanin Klein, a small black sheep who adores talking about ta-tas and widdlers, plus her three kids – Melittle Klein, a bitter kitten, Little Hans, a violent bunny, and Squiggle Piggle, a pig whose tail creates pictures when pulled.  For those who want to know whatever happened to psychoanalysis after Freud was gone and for those who just like a wacky tale, Mother May I? is a treat.


Hilarious and terrifying … smart and silly. The constant barrage of puns is brilliant. OMG! Me Little and Little Hans are brilliant, hilarious characters. … Such darkness and such lightness, so edifying and so absurd! – Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

So many different glittering facets – of humor, real emotion, education in psychoanalytic theory, and criticism of flaws in psychoanalytic personalities like Freud and Klein. … Totally hilarious. – Austin Ratner, author of The Jump Artist

About the Author: 

Sarah Boxer, writer, cartoonist, critic, is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a critic who writes for The New York Review of Books, The L.A. Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Comics Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Photograph, and Artforum. She published her first cartoon in a local Colorado newspaper at age 12. For many years she worked at The New York Times as an editor, critic, and reporter. Boxer’s essay on George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, “The Cat in the Hat,” was featured in Best American Comics Criticism. Her essay “Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead?” was anthologized in Rereading America. Her piece “The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy,” will appear this year in The Peanuts Papers. Born in Denver, Boxer lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, son, and two cats. There she is at work on a series of tragic-comics, including, Hamlet: Prince of Pigs (part of which appeared on the NYR Daily website) and Anchovius Caesar: The Decomposition of a Romaine Salad.

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