October 21, 2009

A Sacrilicious Simpsons Family Biographer

John Ortved's The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized Biography has rankled the show's brass, and not without cause.

Jake Rake

The reason John Ortved's just-published book, The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History, is so effective lies with John Ortved's apparent self-awareness—John Ortved appears to be fully aware that, practically speaking, no one cares about John Ortved. Rather than a series of fawning deconstructions on what drew the author to his subject, An Unauthorized History consists mainly of interviews with Conan O'Brien, Hank Azaria, and a plethora of names easily recognizable from The Simpsons' credits. The result is an overstuffed oral history from as close to the source as one can get when the source is a family of cartoon characters.

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