A study of the landmark television program "The Simpsons" which focuses on the show's dual roles as subversive political satire and mainstream mass media hit.
The writing is academic, and at times a bit dry, but if you like The Simpsons, you'll love this book. Even if you aren't a big fan, I still recommend it; books like Leaving Springfield are becoming more and more important, because as visual media continues to take over print, we need to start looking seriously at television for the few (albeit very few) works of true art it offers. This book is a bit hard to find, but well worth the search.
Trying to evaluate the cultural significance of The Simpsons is a fool's game--it's there in plain sight every night in reruns--but these authors are undeterred. They are bound and determined to override a work of collaborative genius with their own stale biases and canned interpretations.
And not a one of them shows a sense of humor, so far as I could discover. The writers and illustrators of The Simpsons are miles ahead of these writers in evaluating contemporary culture.
Maggie would not countenance their hogwash.