Tonight on GeekNights, we consider The Simpsons. It looms large in popular culture despite its trendline, and was a formative part of both our lives.
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Things of the Day
To give an understanding on how big the simpsons were in their heyday.
If you’ve got 6 hours, here’s a video reviewing all 695 episodes of The Simpsons.
Really annoyed with the difficulty of linking this directly. Whatever:
reddit link because reddit’s embedded video player is more than I care to deal with right now
I’ve never even heard of this guy, so I guess I believe it’s his
first major interview
I’ve never heard of Frank Burly either, but if they’re this short I’ll give the first one a shot:
Swartzwelder wrote and self-published the first of his thirteen novels, all but two of which feature one of the most wonderful creations in printed comedy: Frank Burly, incompetent private eye and occasional time traveller. None of the books run more than a hundred and sixty pages; all are packed, like a dense star, with more material than seems physically possible.
How have I never heard of this person?
Without the Internet how little would I know about anything…
I believe these two videos needs to be in this thread:
This was my favorite bit. On self-publishing his novels, rather than using a traditional publisher:
a traditional publisher can arrange book tours for you, which I don’t want to go on anyway, and get your book displayed prominently in bookstores, which don’t exist anymore, and, theoretically, at least, make you more money, which I hate, but those, I think, are sacrifices worth making to have that control.