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Irish Writers in ‘The Simpsons’

Here’s a quick public service post of the week: My son was watching The Simpsons on Disney+, when, during an Irish pub scene in Episode 14, Season 20, “In the Name of the Grandfather,” up popped the yellow, cartoonish visages of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde. Arguably Irish literature’s “Big 4,” when asked who they were and why they were significant enough to rank a Simpson’s plug, I did my best to list their most popular works (Ulysses, Waiting for Godot, Man and Superman, and The Importance of Being Earnest, respectively). So there — parental duty addressed and Google search bait achieved (“Irish Writers in the Simpsons”). You’re welcome, Internet.

By Daedalus Howell

I explore the creative life as a storyteller, artist, and entrepreneur. I’m the writer-director of Pill Head and the forthcoming feature film Wolf Story. I’m also the author, most recently, of the novel Quantum Deadline, and am active in media (Bohemian, Pacific Sun). Click to subscribe to my Substack!

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