I’ve been binge watching hard! Time for seasons 7, 8, and 9.
Season 7 – September 17, 1995 to May 19, 1996
se07ep04 – Lisa helps Bart determine whether or not he really sold his soul to Milhouse for $5. She quotes Pablo Neruda; “Laughter is the language of the soul” and Bart replies in a deadpan/soulless voice “I am familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda.” *selection #15* The works of Pablo Neruda!
se07ep07 – Homer and Bart discuss ways Homer can gain 61 pounds to get on disability and Lisa spins around in her beanbag chair to tell him how unhealthy it would be. She is reading an untitled book.
se07ep08 – Homer’s Mother returns to the family after many years of mysterious absence. She and Lisa bond on the front steps over their hatred of John Knowles and his book A Separate Peace. Even though Lisa hates it, she read it! *selection #16* A Separate Peace by John Knowles.
se07ep16 – Lisa researches Jebediah Springfield and discovers he was actually a murderous pirate by the name of Hans Sprungfeld! She and Homer set out to alert the town that their celebration in his honour is a sham. Too bad Jebediah isn’t a real man…
se07ep18 – Bart and Lisa help Chester J. Lampwick sue the animation studio behind Itchy and Scratchy, then try to formulate a plan to get back their beloved cartoon when it ends up cancelled. They read books on Animation Legal Precedent with a brief break to look at Public Nudity: Codes and Statutes when they momentarily decide to help Apu instead. Sadly, none of these books are real… or even remotely interesting.
se07ep23 – Lisa is shown reading a book on the couch when Homer brings Apu home to hide him prior to the vote to deport all immigrants. Later in the episode Lisa reads a book entitled Backdoors to Citizenship when she tries to find a way for Apu to remain in Springfield. No readable titles here.
se07ep25 – In this episode we hit the mother lode! Lisa begins the episode by unveiling the yearbook she has spent all year working on, Retrospecticus, then discovers that she has no friends at school to sign it.
The Simpsons are invited to spend the summer at the Flanders’ cabin and Lisa has an identity crisis while packing. Originally stuffing her bag with a noseplug, microscope and several books by Gore Vidal, she dumps everything and brings an empty suitcase with her instead. *selection #17* Something by Gore Vidal!
Later in the episode Lisa has given herself a “cool” makeover, then hits the town to find some new friends. She is sidetracked by the library and tempted by literary visions that attempt to lure her into her former nerd-dom. We see Pippi Longstocking as well as Alice and the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carrol’s classic.
*selection #18* Pippi In the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
*selection #19* Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Season 8 – October 27, 1996 to May 18, 1997
se08ep08 – Lisa consults her book “The How, Why and Huh? Book of Weather” to identify the cause of the unusual weather patterns hitting Springfield. In the 1960’s and 70’s there was a series of How and Why Wonder Books, one of which concerned weather, which I’m sure this is a parody of. We don’t have to read a children’s book on weather though.
se08ep10 – Lisa reads an issue of Junior Skeptic Magazine, which I’m pleased to announce is a real publication! They have a free sample issue for download, as well as weekly newsletters that are free if you don’t want to subscribe to a hard copy. Also digital issues for smart phones and tablets.
se08ep17 – LISA READS THE BABYSITTERS CLUB. As a child of the 90’s I’ve already read a load of these. Might be fun to pick one up again for nostalgic reasons! *selection #20*
se08ep25 – For the season 8 finale Lisa follows Bart to military school and enrolls as the only girl. She finds herself lonely and isolated, and while listening to a tape sent by Marge she tries to comfort herself by thinking about Emily Dickinson; “Emily Dickinson lived alone, and she wrote some of the most beautiful poetry the world has ever known… then went crazy as a loon.” *Selection #21* A collection of poems by Emily Dickinson.
Season 9 – September 1997 to May 1998
se09ep12 – Season 9 starts out slow, with the first instance of Lisa reading a book not happening until episode 12. She is shown sitting on the couch with Marge reading an untitled blue book.
se09ep14 – While Lisa doesn’t read any books in this episode (except for the Model U.N. Charter), it is clearly an adaptation of Lord of the Flies. So let’s read that! *selection #22* Lord of the Flies by William Golding
se09ep17 – Lisa fears she is losing her intelligence after Grampa tells her about the “Simpson Gene”. She lists of a series of great novels in her public access broadcast to the town; Harriet the Spy, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Yertle the Turtle. Excellent choices, Lisa!
*selection #23* Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
*selection #25* To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper
*selection #26* Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
Phew! The list is growing!! More to come soon.