Category: Season 4

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Lisa the Beauty Queen

Lisa the Beauty Queen

There’s some old advice on narrative writing from Arthur Quiller-Couch about murdering your darlings, by which he meant ornamental prose. The phrase has since evolved to “kill your darlings” and expanded to include characters, plots, or any other bit of a narrative that, attached to it as one may be, clogs the whole. It’s close to the “git gud” of literature, advice that chides but doesn’t actually advise, and seems comically hypocritical when Couch’s original style guide is written in early 20th century prose that time has made impenetrably ornate. Like a lot of bad advice, it’s true but entirely unhelpful.

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A Streetcar Named Marge

A Streetcar Named Marge

My Recollection.

I remember having some of the references to the episode’s namesake explained to me, but even as a child, images of Stanley crying for Stella were common sights on various VHS promotional materials to help some of them land. I remember it for that season-four energy and confidence, this is a season that does some odd things at times and the Birds reference with Maggie and the room full of babies is burnt into my mind as a perfect example.

It’s familiar, and I expect to enjoy this episode.

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