Sunday, October 18, 2009
20th Anniversary Of The Best Tv Show Ever!
Tonight is The Simpsons annual Halloween episode. One of my favouite themes on the program.
Agent Mulder: 'We want you to recreate your every move the night you saw this alien.'
Homer: 'Well, the evening began at the gentleman's club, where we were discussing Wittgenstein over a game of backgammon.'
Mulder: 'Mr Simpson, it's a felony to lie to the FBI.'
Homer: 'We were sitting in Barney's car eating packets of mustard. Ya happy?'
1) Vanity Fair article, "Simpson Family Values" and 10 Best Episodes
2) Guest stars on the show...including Dick Cavett, Meryl Streep, Kathleen Turner, Sonic Youth, Donald Sutherland, Stephen Jay Gould, Paul Newman, The Ramones...well...it's gotta be the most amazing guest show list maybe that any show...
3) 300 reasons The Observer loves The Simpsons.
4) The Simpsons in the classroom...teaching satire...
5) A little ditty about Thomas Pynchon on The Simpsons and other revenges...by Matt Selmann
6) Pynchon’s stance has been interpreted as an act of rebellion against a certain type of literary criticism, championed by Sainte-Beuve, which interprets literary works through biographical study of the author. His refusal to be “observed by the Public Eye” has also become a thorough repudiation of American celebrity and the corporate forces behind it. In contemporary America, where most Americans would sell their souls to star on reality TV, Pynchon stands almost alone, rejecting the attention, fame, and money which he could easily attain, metaphorically pissing on the corporate boardroom table, like his character, Roger Mexico, near the end of Gravity’s Rainbow. But each of Pynchon’s books blends gravity with levity, and the master seems to have spoken to us to deliver one simple commandment: never take The Simpsons, or Thomas Pynchon, too seriously. From here...