Excuse the cinetrix for her Susan Powter moment [kids, ask your parents], but stop the insanity, already. She's chided A.O. Scott before about making semi-obscure pop culture references to demonstrate how "down" he is , but so far she's kept silent about the undercurrent of Simpsons references punctuating his prose. Well, no more. Not after this, from Scott's review of Film Snob David Kamp's latest book, The United States of Arugula:
(The cover depicts Lady Liberty clutching a bunch of greens in place of her torch, proving that Kamp’s publishers have turned a deaf ear to the wisdom of a leading American gourmand, Homer Simpson, who once observed that you don’t win friends with salad. Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, the Lisa Simpson of American cooking and a central figure in the book, would obviously disagree, but that’s between her and Homer.)
Question: Does anyone know whether ol' Tony is pals with Simpsons staffers from back in his Harvard dizzays, cuz his Simp-session is beginning to feel like some sort of in-joke at the expense of NYT copyeditors and readers. Think I'm kidding? Scott also name-checks America's favorite cartoon family* in reviews of Sorority Boys, something called Cyberworld, and--wait for it--The Passion of the Christ.
If you have a line on whether this is the work of some sinister Harvard cabal, pipe up in the comments.
*Incidentally, fuck Family Guy. As I said to someone only last night, if you're thirsting for a cartoon featuring a power-mad midget with the voice of Orson Welles, Pinky and the Brain wins hands down every time. Narf.