(part of my ongoing Unexpected Literary References series)
The Simpsons are back, this time with two references in a single episode, one of classic literature and one of contemporary comedy. Or so I assume the latter is of contemporary comedy; I haven’t actually read Tina Fey’s Bossypants. But Mr. Burns has, as evidenced by this screenshot from “Them, Robot,” the seventeenth episode of season 23:
Robots display human emotions by appreciating literature, notably the novella (though the girth in the above screenshot would imply novel-length) Death in Venice by Thomas Mann.
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About Caleb J. Ross
Caleb began writing his sophomore year of undergrad study when, tired of the formal art education then being taught, he abandoned the pursuit in the middle of a compositional drawing class. Major-less and fearful of losing his financial aid, he signed up to seek a degree in English Literature for no other reason than his lengthy history with the language. Coincidentally, this decision not only introduced him to writing but to reading as well. Prior this transition he had read three books. One of which he understood.