How Did David Foster Wallace, Hot Chip, And Animal Collective End Up On Last Sunday’s Episode Of The Simpsons?

How did a revered cultural commentator and two of the most notable music groups end up on last Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons? The title of The Simpsons episode that ran last Sunday was “The Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again,” an homage to one of American essayist and fiction writer David Foster Wallace’s more notable essays, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.” And just as Wallace’s essay goes, Bart — in an effort to escape an existential crisis brought on by the monotony of his school-boy life, convinces the Simpson family to go on what turns out to be a mundane cruise to somewhere cold. Adding to the homage, the episode features tracks from both Hot Chip and Animal Collective. The Simpsons is staying relevant! TC mark

via GQ

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  • Ashleigh Elizabeth Bolte

    Everybody who is anybody has ended up on The Simpsons. My life will be complete if I can be on an episode of The Simpsons

  • Anonymous

    The Simpsons are staying relevant but not funny. Most of the jokes make me cringe or sit there for a while before I realise that was the joke. It’s like McBain’s Let’s Get Silly was dragged out for several years.

  • Diane Marie

    Yes, and I think DFW was “on” the cruise, too.

  • Anonymous

    This article uses the word “notable” too many times or weirdly.

  • Huh?

    So Thought Catalog is doing episode recaps now?

  • Danaynay

    I’d say the Simpsons should go away now, but then it probably should have gone away in the mid-90s. So what’s the harm in letting it fester some more? The leg is already lost.

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