I learned of this book from Gran2's signature, so I downloaded it. I loved this book. Although I don't agree with all the criticisms in the book, it still makes for an extremely entertaining read. As I mentioned elsewhere, one of the most interesting parts is the criticism of Marge Be Not Proud, a widely loved episode around here. In the exact words, the criticisms are as follows:
"Like so many very special episodes, this one involved a small family crisis brought on by a childish moral breach. Channeling countless television kids who came before him, Bart steals something. That sets in motion a series of television tropes and cliches that play out so predictably that they wouldn't have been out of place in the 1950s: Bart steals, Bart gets caught, Bart feels bad, Marge finds out, Marge distrusts Bart, Bart feels worse, Bart makes good, they hug, the end.
The episode is made all the more jarring by having Bart be the one who sinks into guilt and self-pity. Bart was America's bad boy, the underachiever who was proud of it. Here he acts like every sitcom kid since television began, haunted by something he did and crushed that his mother is disappointed in him. The Simpsons had never before handled emotion that clumsily."
Has anybody else read this, and if so, what did they think of it?