What ‘The Simpsons’ can teach us about life

‘If cartoons were meant for adults they’d put them on in prime time,’ as someone precocious and yellow (and mildly annoying) once sagely observed. But it hasn’t stopped lots of adults who should probably know better not just watching The Simpsons, but treating it with the kind of high intellectual seriousness once traditionally reserved for things like Shakespeare, or medieval literature or Kant’s Critique on Pure Reason. The essays, books and lecture series on The Simpsons are absurd and stultifyingly serious. But just because The Simpsons has provoked more than its share of pseudo-academic garbage doesn’t…

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