News from online, print, and radio on The Simpsons and Philosophy
938Live — Radio interview on The Simpsons longevity, and the show’s relevance after 26 years and counting [May 5, 2015]
El Diario — Thoughts on popular culture and university teaching [Feb. 23, 2015]
Independent Online — “Learning from The Simpsons, 25 Years on” [Dec. 17, 2014]
KCBS – Radio interview on The Simpsons and Philosophy; with Paul Cantor [Jan. 8, 2010]
Politico – Some thoughts on politics and The Simpsons [July 2007]
Eureka Magazine – I really do not remember saying this, but the quote sounds smart so I won’t complain. I would really like to see the full article from this French magazine though … [March 2006]
UCLA – A nice article on UC Berkeley’s DECal (Democratic Education at Cal) program [Jan. 2004]
SF Chronicle – The Simpsons and Philosophy at UC Berkeley [March 2003]
The Simpsons and Philosophy ed. William Irwin – Required reading. The original inspiration for the course. Features a great collection of topics – from Homer and Aristotle; Bart and Nietzsche; Marxism in Springfield and others.
The Gospel According to The Simpsons by Mark Pinsky – Excellent discussions of religion and The Simpsons
Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture ed. John Alberti – More theoretical than most Simpsons book, but very well done
Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation by Chris Turner – One of the more comprehensive examinations of the show I’ve found so far
The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved — a unique compilation from those in and around The Simpsons as a show, as well as thoughts about The Simpsons as a cultural phenomenon
Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality by Jonathan Gray – An excellent examination of The Simpsons from the perspective of media studies
A nice article from the San Francisco Chronicle about The Simpsons and Philosophy class at UC Berkeley. Sure wish I had a better haircut in that picture.
The Simpsons as Philosophy – A fascinating BBC article by Julian Baggini, discussing philosophy in general, pointillist painting, and “Homer the Heretic.”
Al Jean has an equivocal yet amusing comment on the class in this article from the Belfast Telegraph.
An interesting PBS interview by Jeffrey Browne with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. Brooks calls The Simpsons class an example of “a mad world gone sane.” I have no problem with that.