Planet Simpson

Planet Simpson

How A Cartoon Masterpiece Defined A Generation

Book - 2004
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Planet Simpson is the first book to bring in-depth analysis to that most important pop-cultural institution of the last decade-Fox TV's "The Simpsons"-and use the show as a microcosm of the Western culture it has hilariously (and mercilessly) reflected and influenced. In an age of unprecedented transformation, "The Simpsons" alone has had the depth, intelligence, scope, and, most importantly, humor to chart the links between popular culture and the world we live in. Planet Simpson is broken down into scathingly funny chapters analyzing each major character's relationship to different facets of the American character: Homer Simpson, the ultimate everyman of the American century; Lisa Simpson, the voice of the show's social conscience; Bart Simpson, punk icon; Marge Simpson, maternal voice of moral authority and anchor of Simpsons family values; C. Montgomery Burns, unchecked capitalism personified...and every bit character on down from Barney to Smithers to Krusty the Clown, coupled with intelligent, friendly, and entertaining analysis of the show's greater themes. Going well beyond a critical discussion of a single television program, Planet Simpson will use "The Simpsons" as a window on the culture at large to deliver first-hand reportage of the Internet boom, the alternative-rock explosion, the triumph of irony, the cultural origins of anti-globalization, and other defining events and trends of our accelerated, confounding era.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2004
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306813412
Characteristics: xiv, 450 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 08, 2017

Wow. This book is dense, in a good way. And although it was published in 2004, it is surprisingly relevant to today. (March 2017)
One doesn't need to be a fan of The Simpsons to enjoy PLANET SIMPSON; I have probably seen only about 3 or 4 percent of the cartoon episodes. With commentary and insights on everything from Kurt Cobain to Phish to Wilco, and from Thomas More to Aldous Huxley to Bill Hicks, the author writes about popular culture and historical events and relates them to The Simpsons as well as his own life experiences. His tangents sometimes go off at some length but if you stick with him you will learn many interesting things.
Highly recommended!


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