I had to share this excellent slideshow from The Atlantic. I never realized just how many literary gags have found their way into The Simpsons over the years. Although one of my favorite episodes is the one where the Simpson family attends the Word Loaf literary conference in Vermont. (Not to be confused with the real world Bread Loaf conference at Middlebury.) And we get to meet animated Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon:
As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch The Simpsons. I think my parents decided it wasn’t wholesome enough. If only they had known that The Atlantic regards it as “a distinctive form of cultural criticism” that “continually mirror[s] objects of real-world social anxiety.” Tres intellectual.