Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Book About the Simpsons

According to various sources there is a new book about the Simpsons. The book, "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History" by John Ortved, provides an inside look at the Simpsons over the years.

Here is an excerpt from a recent interview with Ortved in the arts blog at the New York Times:

You make a number of references in the book to the decline in quality of the show. Have you ever heard of Fox or the folks behind the show pulling the plug at some point soon?
In terms of its spiral, to be fair to the writers, there’s only so much you can do with a set of characters. I mean, 20 years? I don’t know how they do it. But if they’re still trying to break ground, they should have canned it 10 years ago.

What did you think of the movies?
It was 90 minutes of throwaway jokes. It was about as good as a very good episode in the later seasons, but I don’t think it worked. Its kind of shocking to me that that group of writers couldn’t come up with something better...(
Lisa Tozzi).

Based on his opinions I think it will be really interesting to see what kind of book he has written. I would also like to see the opinions of others that he has involved in the book.

Check out the rest of the NY Times blog interview with Mr. Ortved here.

Find another review of the book at NPR.

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