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The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History, John Ortved (Greystone)

Insightful look into the characters behind the characters


Even those tired of The Simpsons will enjoy and gain great insight from this oral history (blocks of quotes broken up by the author's narrative connections between topics and speakers). Sure, the book's about the collection of cartoon characters, whose kooky lives and chaotic world we witness for a half-hour every Sunday night (innumerably in syndication). But what it's really about is the collection of cartoonish characters whose kooky lives and chaotic worlds collide behind the scenes to make this show. This is a treatise on the world of work, how and why we force ourselves together day after day in an often faulty sense of common purpose. Therapists, newsrooms, faculties of management and film schools could use this book.

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