Since David Letterman quietly announced his retirement last week, there’s been an outpouring of affection for the old grump and rightfully so. Letterman practically invented modern late-night television much in the same way that ‘Star Wars’ invented the modern blockbuster. Sure, neither was the first, but their lineage, DNA, and influence can be felt in everything that came after.
Here are three…
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Listen: Sir Anthony Hopkins hears the waltz he composed back in 1964 for the first time publicly.
Speaking of ‘The Simpsons’
Yes, the obituary for Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening’s motherreads like something The Onion would…
The Obituary for Matt Groening’s Mother Explains A Lot
Here’s an obituary for Margaret Groening, mother of Matt, whom you may remember is the creator of a…
In a telling tale of the times, Groening not only wasn’t getting rich off the comic (papers paid just $18 a week for the strip), but he also was losing money on it for 10 years, says Sondra Gatewood of ACME Features, Life in Hell’s syndicator.
At its height, Life in Hell was distributed to 379 newspapers, she says. Now it’s down to just 38. The final strip ran June 15, but reruns will continue through July 13. Life in Hell’s circulation fell as alternative papers — hurt badly by the loss of classified ads, which went to Craigslist and other websites — cut back.
Still, editors are “shocked” at Groening’s decision, she says. “The strip is part of the history of their papers.”
I’m less surprised about him no longer doing the strip, than I am that he kept doing the strip after all the success with The Simpsons.
The collection doesn’t start and stop with The Simpsons, however, they also have a Lady Gaga chair, a Harry Potter chair, a Hedwig chair, and two chairs — “Grace" and "Naomi" — that sadly I don’t recognize. The Harry Potter chair might be my favorite of the bunch.
Last week, much was made of Matt Groening’s casual revelation that the hometown of The Simpsons was Springfield in Oregon and not one of the other seven or eight Springfields throughout the US. Then, Groening walked back on his comments, presumably, because Springfield isn’t intended to be located in any US state specifically.
Anyway, last night’s episode featured a chalkboard gag which aims to keep Springfield’s location a mystery. [via gawker]
Time to clean up the tab attic a bit with some of the interesting tidbits found around the web.
1. Matt Groening, “The Simpsons” creator and Portland native, tells Smithsonian magazine that he named the famous fictional city after a city in Oregon. Thus ends a decades long debate about where Springfield was actually located. Not entirely surprising, given many of the character names on the show are derived from streets in Portland. [via]
3. Randeep Katari does a “quick little doodle every morning as a warm up for a day of drawing” by adding cartoon characters to photos of New York. This might be my favorite new art thing and really makes me wish someone would make another Cool World-esque movie soon.
4. HBO has shockingly decided to renew Game of Thrones for a third season. They should have just announced they were going to renew the show in perpetuity.
5. Gawker’s Adrian Chen uncovers the mystery of Goatse: “One thing gives me pause about Kirk Johnson’s identity as Goatse. The Goatse picture is some dark Lovecraftian horror, a hurried snapshot of a secret shame. But Kirk Johnson poses with his face and dopey mustache in full view in proud, well-lit space.”
I love that Chen has become a sort of Internet investigative journalist.
6. CNN interviews Dr. Dog, which strikes me as kind of strange. At the same time, it’s nice to see those guys get the recognition and accolades they so richly deserve. Their new album, Be the Void is very, very, excellent.
7. The Barkley Marathon has become something of a fascination for me. Held every year in Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park, the ultramarathon has become revered for how difficult it is. Since the race was created in 1986 by Lazarus Lake, only 12 men (out of about 900) have finished within the 60 hour cutoff — that’s the same amount of people that have walked on the moon.
Calling The Barkley Marathon the toughest endurance race on the planet is an understatement.
8. This should be fun! Gawker has hired an anonymous Fox News employee to write columns for the site.
You know how you can tell The Simpsons has been on the air a really loooong time? When stitched together, every clip from Itchy & Scratchy complied together clocks in at a robust 48 minutes long. [via nextround]
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