Serenades, Scott McCloud and The Simpsons: It’s a Link Post

Tiger Beatdown presents 13 Ways of Looking at Liz Lemon:

Liz Lemonism is a door with a wall of brick behind it: you don’t get anywhere after you’ve opened it. So my imaginary enemy, the woman who is not a feminist but a Liz Lemonist, gets to the point at which she can start to politicize her specific problems, but she can’t get any further. And what she does then is to boil “feminism” down to an excuse to permit herself certain rudenesses and complain about certain issues

Diesel’s new Iron Man cologne apparently smells like “lemon blossom, mandarin and coriander leaves, a heart of labdanum, black rose and lavender, and a dry down of amber, tolu wood and ebony wood.” It also has Norman Osborn in his Iron Patriot armor on the front of the box, which, for the uninitiated, is a bit like having John Wilkes Booth on the front of your Abe Lincoln cologne package.

Aaron Kaufman has penned a “Love Song For [Lost‘s] Richard Alpert.”

Scott McCloud two-fer! The king of comics theory considers the slow disappearance of thought balloons, and English prof/Top Shelf blogger Trevor Dodge sounds off on McCloud’s relevance, prescience, and generally niceness.

A short history of Cary Grant and LSD, at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog:

Cary had been practicing self-hypnosis prior to the injuries … He put himself into a transcendental state to will the scars from his body. Grant said he entered the shower one day with the scars, put himself into a relaxed state, and left the shower without a mark on his body. Apparently his doctors were amazed. Skeptics might theorize that Grant was just covered in dried-out stage blood from the film – and this was the first time he’d showered in several months.

At Comics Alliance, Chris Sims recounts the number of times Batman–whose unwillingness to take another human life has led him to repeatedly spare even villains like the Joker–has straight-up murdered dudes.

Noel Murray’s A.V. Club post about Simpsons episode “22 Short Films About Springfield” is full of quick insights into parody, reference-dropping, the shelf life of comedy, and more. The episode itself is always the first thing that comes to mind when I think about when The Simpsons was really good, and one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about how because of The Simpsons, I encountered a great number of western popular culture’s most enduring works via parody before ever seeing or reading the real deals. It also probably marks the first time I saw a ball gag.

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One Comment on “Serenades, Scott McCloud and The Simpsons: It’s a Link Post”


  1. […] Serenades, Scott McCloud and The Simpsons: It’s a Link Post – D.N. mentioned this in comments last week, but A.V Club wrote a long article on “22 Short Films About Springfield”.  I have been meaning to read it for a week now.  Someone else did read it: The episode itself is always the first thing that comes to mind when I think about when The Simpsons was really good, and one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about how because of The Simpsons, I encountered a great number of western popular culture’s most enduring works via parody before ever seeing or reading the real deals. It also probably marks the first time I saw a ball gag. […]


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