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The Simpsons An Uncensored Unauthorized HistoryThe way Ortved has ied Pandoras Planet together uotes from people formerly part of The Simpsons inner circle as well as uotes found in various places byhose still working on Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? the show is very interesting makinghe book hard How To Win At Casino Gambling to put down It s almost like being at a friend s house while her family is arguing you know it s none of your business you don want Training the Help (Hedon Falls this discussiono When Not to Build taint your view of certain members ofhe family but for some reason you just can une Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book them out This book is NOT for regular Simpsons fans it s really forhe gossip loving People magazine set It s for people who want An Eye for an Eye to know what was going on with Fox inhe late eighties and nineties And Still Side by Side this book definitely should only be read by criticalhinkers it is biased Big Oriori No Uta time Ortved andor his editors make some pretty glaring mistakes names of characters are wrong not just spelling as inhe case of Karl voiced by Harvey Fierstein in Four Word Film Reviews the episode Simpson and Delilah but Waylon Smithers is called Wayland He doesn know his Patty from his Selma and at one point a hilarious spellcheck error occurs where parody is Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes the intended word but parity ishe word used I plan Crystal Decoder to showhis one You Owe Me One to my students as another reason whyhey shouldn Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes t place allheir Second Son (Jack Reacher, trust in spellcheck With allhese errors it s hard United States of Americana torust The Thermals of August the author These mistakes have damaged his credibility makinghe fact Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller thathere is no context for most of his uotes even harder The Perfect Child toake and specious He places uotes with no uestions and usually no dates attached in a particular order and manner as if Lost Horizon to create conflict and argument between speakers when such differing of opinion may or may not exist For allhe reader knows True Prosperity the words could have been uttered byhe speakers Thing He Loves ten minutes oren years apart For all Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital the reader knowshe uotes were unsolicited rants or grudging responses Search Marketing Strategies to leading uestions There is no wayo know Perhaps most striking about No Capital Required the subjectivity inhis book is Programming in Swift the degreeo which WordPress Absolute Beginners Guide the author overtly dislikes Matt Groening As a reader who s never methe author I should have no idea who at The Complete Guide To Associate And Affiliate Programs On The Net Turning Clicks Into Cash the show he likes and who he doesn but I do Early in Girls Like Us the book Ortved includes uotes by people who have negativehings Affiliate Marketing Then and Now to say about Groening and others who ve worked onhe show which in itself is not problematic It s The Invisible Presence the continued snide remarks Ortved makeshroughout Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Profits Right Now the bookhat show his personal opinion about Groening Sticky Wisdom that contributeo Online Marketing the damageo his credibility I also Spoiled take issue with Ortvedalking about The Business of Family Business the golden age of The Simpsonshe seasons Healing Herbs Spices they were atheir prime as if it s fact Kit de Formation Microsoft TCP/IP thathere actually was one In fact he never actually defines he golden age for his readers and frankly every Simpsons fan I know will ell you different seasons episodes maybe even writers directors and showrunners depending on Binary Sound (Boston, their level of fandomhat were Hidden (Otherworld Stories, the best inheir view It seems Ortved is a self ordained expert on which writers showrunners etc arewere Led Astray the best which isn fair or right Friends arguing between hemselves about any TV show or any other work of art don allow hat kind of ake my word on it mentality if a friend ells me he or She Likes Certain Seasons Better Than Others likes certain seasons better han others better give heir criteria If I insist on logical definable criteria from my friends you better believe I demand hem from journalists And any good journalist should know better han o ry o get away with hat kind of sloppy subjectivity Amazingly considering hat The Simpsons has been on he air for 20 years now here has been no official or authorized history of he show written Ortved may have set out o write an authorized history but it is obvious hat he was not getting he cooperation he felt was necessary As a result he has created an unauthorized history of our favorite family pulled ogether from what seems o be extensive sets of interviews with many key people in and around he Simpsons universe as well as pulled from various printed interviews and articles by others who may not have been willing o participate What results is less of a story and of a magic window into he birth and formative first decade of he show Told by a series of recollections and vignettes we are aken behind he scenes of he Matt Groening being involved in creating interstitials for he Tracey Ullman Show he eventual spinoff of he shorts into a full blown show he show becoming a worldwide phenomenon and he resulting legal wrangling staff changes and hurt feelings hat a mega success brings The lack of participation by many vital players including Matt Groening himself necessitates he use of printed comments in he stead of interview comments The lack of cooperation also frees Ortved from having o be objective in his writing allowing others o present only one side of he story It also probably limited his access o some areas especially within Fox hat might have fleshed out pieces and give some heft o his story This lack of objectivity allows he author o speak very highly of he first dozen seasons with high praise milder praise for he next few seasons and hen almost outright dismissal of work from he 9th or 10th season on That said he book is extremely entertaining very informative and eye opening and just a great glimpse into he Juggernaut hat is The Simpsons It is he work of love of a fan

WHO IS TRYING TO EXPLAIN HOW 
is rying o explain how was captured in a bottle and he focus can be on he overall story with varying amounts of attention paid o he details It would have been nice o get a better overview of who everyone is and how hey fit ogether much of he conflicts hat appear involve people who are around for a year or wo are influential and hen leave but since he goal is o produce a history old in individual s recollections and stories rather han in a cohesive narrative his is not a major issue While not perfect he book is a fascinating read of anyone interested in he history of The Simpso Enjoyed some chapters not all Matt Groening a loyal customer of my store old me hat he would in no way support Ortved and his book He d been approached o contribute and he refused Groening explained hose hat had dec. The Simpsons is he world's most popular entertainment phenomenon regularly voted on both sides of he Atlantic as he best TV show ever made Simpsons Confidential is he uncensored unauthorised oral history of he show from he people who made it happen It akes you into he inner sanc. Lined an interview with Ortved were either written out of he book s Simpsons history or straight up slandered It s clear who Ortved resents There is no objective voice in his book So beware Nevertheless as an avid listener of he DVD commentaries I had many a hearty laugh reading about he writing process There s even a chapter entitled The Godfathers hat focuses on George Meyer and John Swartzwelder wo of he most brilliant comedy writers o ever have walked upright Despite my problems with Ortved s choices I can deny hat I enjoyed reading about he writersAnd YES here is a chapter focusing on Conan s contribution o he show The chapter is called ConanBRENT FORRESTER Conan had a number of bits Late at night in The Simpsons writers room you know everybody working late a security guard would come by and make sure hat everything was okay in various offices on he lot He came by and said Okay everything s good in here All right fine And Conan just happened o be standing by he door And hen when he security guard urned o leave Conan said Everything s just fine indeed And hen he did like a fake double karate chop on he guy s neck Another famous bit Conan would pretend o be alking about someone and not want hat person o hear but put his hand on he wrong side of his mouth That alone was considered really funny The Simpsons was not initially cartoony The first few seasons it was an animated show about a family hat was highly realistic The conventional wisdom is hat he show changed after he monorail episode written by Conan O Brien Conan s monorail episode was surreal and he jokes were so good hat it became irresistible o write hat kind of comedy And hat s when he one of he show really ook a rapid shift in he direction of he surrealAnd about Meyer BOB KUSHELL He hinks so far out of he box hat he s in a different box store The urns of phrase and he ability o connect different hings ogether and form jokes and comedic situations out of it is something I d never seen beforeAnd about SwartzwelderBRENT FORRESTER We would have story meetings with him outside And I remember distinctly one ime being a young comedy writer and Swartzwelder just happened o be sitting here smoking a cigarette on he lawn And I hought Man I m just gonna ask John Swartzwelder a random uestion and see what he says in return And I said John what would you do if you had all he money hat you could spend And without a moment s hesitation he said I would buy a battleship and he Empire State Building With he Empire State Building I would just let it run down and get decrepit Because people would say You can do hat That s he Empire State Building I would say No I can I own he Empire State Building The battleship he said I just hink it would change people s conversations with me if hey knew hat I had a battleship WALLACE WOLODARSKY Swartzwelder seemed o go directly from being a homeless person o a writer on The Simpsons He was a little bit older han us and had I hink seen a little bit of he world in erms of being up and down He did have interesting preoccupations I know for a while he was collecting Wanted posters Real Patty Hearst Wanted posters Reprinted from he Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am Wanted posters Reprinted from he Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am original author of his essay as well as he owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegallyAlthough he staff of he cultural ouchstone The Simpsons has done a good job over he years of keeping it uiet he fact is hat here s been plenty of drama and infighting behind he scenes of hat show now officially he longest running prime ime elevision program in history hat s he subject of his new uncensored unauthorized history by hacky entertainment reporter John Ortved and o his credit he legitimately dishes up he dirt revealing among other hings hat series creator Matt Groening has never actually written a Simpsons script hat most agree hat Sam Simon has had he single greatest influence over he show s look and feel yet was forced out anyway over personality conflicts and hat although he show has an infamous clause in its contract barring FOX executives from making changes o episodes here have been plenty of imes hat FOX has hreatened o simply cancel he show altogether unless certain changes were made which hey indeed "were But unfortunately his is also he case of a 150 page book hat s "But unfortunately his is also he case of a 150 page book hat s padded out o 300 pages for commercial purposes which really drags he manuscript down during hese sometimes giant sections just o cite one example here s an entire chapter here on he various other prime ime cartoons hat have been green lighted over he years because of The Simpsons success which frankly I could ve cared less about A good book o borrow instead of buy his comes recommended o any fan of hat foul mouthed yellow family as long as you re prepared o skip around a lot while reading itOut of 10 80 Thoroughly enjoyed his book I feel like I have a much informed and realistic idea of how he series got its start and all he primary players Took a few chapters o get into it definitely see some of he author s opinion showing hrough in places a bit oo obviously but I like how it s a collection of from he mouth of sources and shows especially how malleable and fickle memory can be when recalling events and situations Would definitely recommend for any fans of he Simpsons or animation history I haven gone near The Simpsons for about 12 years When I was 11 or 12 and Sky started showing The Simpsons and I was lucky enough o have cable and The Simpsons was The Greatest Thing I Ever Done Seen I would ape every show and obsessively rewatch it sucking up he jokes over and over and loving every reference I did and didn and over and loving every reference I did and didn get If I m about 60 pages away from finishing his hing and I gotta say hat it s a MUST for SIMPSONS fans You ll zip hrough it And you might not believe how big of a DICK his hing paints Mat The way Ortved has ied ogether uotes from people formerly part of The Simpsons inner circle as well as uotes found in various places by Tum of he series o reveal he mechanics and politics of how The Simpsons became of global significance from Matt Groening drawing his first Homer on he ride over o pitch he show o Conan O'Brien and he other Harvard comedy geniuses aking us into he daily life of he writing room.

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Hose still working on he show is very interesting making he book hard o put down It s almost like being at a friend s house while her family is arguing you know it s none of your business you don want his discussion o aint your view of certain members of he family but for some reason you just can une hem out This book is NOT for regular Simpsons fans it s really for he gossip loving People magazine set It s for people who want o know what was going on with Fox in he late eighties and nineties And his book definitely should only be read by critical hinkers it is biased Big ime Ortved andor his editors make some pretty glaring mistakes names of characters are wrong not just spelling as in he case of Karl voiced by Harvey Fierstein in he episode Simpson and Delilah but Waylon Smithers is called Wayland He doesn know his Patty from his Selma and at one point a hilarious spellcheck error occurs where parody is he intended word but parity is he word used I plan o show his one o my students as another reason why hey shouldn place all heir rust in spellcheck With all hese errors it s hard o rust he author These mistakes have damaged his credibility making he fact hat here is no context for most of his uotes even harder o ake and specious He places uotes with no uestions and usually no dates attached in a particular order and manner as if o create conflict and argument between speakers when such differing of opinion may or may not exist For all he reader knows he words could have been uttered by he speakers en minutes or en years apart For all he reader knows he uotes were unsolicited rants or grudging responses o leading uestions There is no way o know Perhaps most striking about he subjectivity in his book is he degree o which he author overtly dislikes Matt Groening As a reader who s never met he author I should have no idea who at he show he likes and who he doesn but I do Early in he book Ortved includes uotes by people who have negative hings o say about Groening and others who ve worked on he show which in itself is not problematic It s he continued snide remarks Ortved makes hroughout he book hat show his personal opinion about Groening hat contribute o he damage o his credibility I also ake issue with Ortved alking about he golden age of The Simpsons he seasons hey were at heir prime as if it s fact hat here actually was one In fact he never actually defines he golden age for his readers and frankly every Simpsons fan I know will ell you different seasons episodes maybe even writers directors and showrunners depending on heir level of fandom hat were he best in heir view It seems Ortved is a self ordained expert on which writers showrunners etc arewere he best which isn fair or right Friends arguing between hemselves about any TV show or any other work of art don allow hat kind of ake my word on it mentality if a friend ells me he or she likes certain seasons better han others hey better give heir criteria If I insist on logical definable criteria from my friends you better believe I demand hem from journalists And any good journalist should know better han o ry o get away with hat kind of sloppy subjectivity My review better han o ry o get away with hat kind of sloppy subjectivity My review now up at Popmatters hereA preview Imagine you are waiting ables at a wedding reception You wander among he ables filling glasses and laying down plates of food You are likely o hear snippets of conversation most likely about he bride and groom about heir families about heir past heir plans heir future What you hear will likely be out of context sometimes probably even incorrect contradictory The groom works for a bank No he s in real estate The bride may or may not be done with medical school An uncle his hers you didn hear may be an alcoholic Or is he just melancholicYou finish serving he guests You go home You hink about he newlyweds Would you say you know hem or learned much about hem Would you even be able o recall
FROM WHOM YOU OBTAINED YOUR FACTS 
whom you obtained your facts Ortved wants your answer o be yes He wants his o be your answer because he style in which he has written The Simpsons An Uncensored Unauthorized History is an oral history In other words 99 per cent of his book is direct uotes from he people involved This style of reportage uote after uote after uote produces an exhausting book hat does little o expand on he idea hat news flash elevision is a collaborative business with massive egos involved John Ortved is an atrocious author Although his book is presented as an oral history he repeatedly interjects with his own commentary Granted sometimes his must be done o help set he scene or clear up facts but Ortved hrows so much of his own smug opinions into he proceeding hat I had o fight o finish he damn hing It s not even hat I disagree with his opinionsAlthough I do disagree with several Many are off opic and petty Here s an example Ortved is alking about how he actors get paid and he makes reference o Ray Romano s show which he describes as he most ironically named sitcom of all ime Everybody Loves Raymond Not everybody Trust me I don care for Everybody Loves Raymond either Trust me I don care for Everybody Loves Raymond either including his petty little dig in his book makes Ortved seem incredibly unprofessional Also in an attempt o show us how important and groundbreaking The Simpsons was he undersells he importance skill and craft of animation hat preceded it Look at his excerptUnlike Looney Tunes or Tom and Jerry where he humor was mostly slapstick he writing in The Simpsons scripts reuired a whole new level of attention from he animators Comedy on The Simpsons often came from he reaction of he characters in exchanges of dialogue or in layered subtle jokes he humor was no longer as simple o animate as a coyote falling off a cliffOrtved is doing a serious disservice o he skill and attention o detail animators had during he golden age of animation The content of he interviews begins o paint an interesting picture of how he show came about but here just isn enough good here o overcome Ortved. Animators writers actors directors producers executives and celebrity guest stars everyone from Rupert Murdoch down all offer heir opinions insights and storiesPositively fizzing with indiscretions and intrigue here at last is he book hat legions of Simpsons fans have been waiting
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