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The Simpsons

The Simpsons

An Uncensored, Unauthorized History

John Ortved

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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“Ortved's "uncensored, unauthorized" history... is as tasty as a pink-glazed donut with sprinkles, as refreshing as a Duff beer and as piquant as a curry slushy from Kwik-E Mart.” —Louis Bayard, The Washington Post

“A gloriously windy oral history crammed with behind-the-scenes squabbles and power grabs...I completely devoured The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History, even if I felt a little bad afterward for the central players who got sucker punched. The early details, as show creator Matt Groening goes from obscure alt-weekly cartoonist to megamogul via talent and chance, remain a well-known showbiz tale. John Ortved's sources (including artist Art Spiegelman) tell it in a fresh, vivid way. The subsequent testimony about the empire Groening created is contentious and mesmerizing.” —Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

“Mr. Ortved has produced a 300-page combination of juicy entertainment gossip, rich television history and notes from a disenchanted lover.” —Lisa Tozzi, The New York Times

“Brisk and engaging and likely to entertain Simpsons die-hards without breaking a sweat...a good balance between information and gossip; between a story about simmering creativity and a story about flawed human beings who showed their flaws -- as many do -- more and more as the money accumulated...a rich read for fans.” —Linda Holmes, NPR

“Ortved has done a remarkable job of bringing to light the creators of our beloved four-fingered creatures with the bright yellow skin.” —Publisher's Weekly

“An essential resource for any fan.” —John Williams, The Second Pass

“Ortved's account is remarkably thorough, witty, and stands as likely the best Simpsons volume we'll see for some time to come.” —Under the Radar

“All of those people providing their perspectives on the founding of The Simpsons builds a multifaceted history of a television revolution and institution. If anyone has any interest in codifying the building of one of the most important pieces of American pop culture, The Simpsons: The Uncensored, Unauthorized History is a very effective, very worthwhile read.” —Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

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About the author

John Ortved

John Ortved's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, The New York Observer, and Vice. He is the author of The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History. He lives in New York City.

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