WWLSR: Seasons 18-20

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I haven’t given up! Getting close to the end… this installment has some great selections read by Our Lady Lisa.

Season 18 – September 10, 2006 to May 20, 2007


se18ep01 – Lisa is shown talking to Otto with an untitled book under her arm in this episode.


se18ep02 – Bart steals Lisa’s dream of being a famous jazz (juzz?) musician when he takes up the drums in this episode. Lisa sadly holds up his various magazine covers, and laments the fact that her only cover is for Dream Denied magazine.



se18ep04 – In this years Halloween episode the third and final story recreates the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds performed by Orson Welles (novel written by H. G. Wells in 1898) which sends the citizens of Springfield into a mass panic. *selection #55*! War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells!


se18ep06 – This episode is a doozy! Lisa helps Moe put together his sentence fragments to form an epic poem “like T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land!” *selection #56*

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Lisa and Moe are approached by Tom Wolfe at the Wordloaf event and Lisa exclaims “It’s Tom Wolfe! He uses more exclamation points than any other major American writer!” *selection #57* A book by Tom Wolfe! (Exclamation! Points!) Lots of other writers are mentioned in this episode; Maya Angelou, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, Charles Bukowski, Gore Vidal, Anne Rice… but Lisa only mentions having read Wolfe so let’s stick with that. (We’ve already covered Franzen and Vidal anyways)


se18ep08 – In this episode Lisa and Homer read the new Angelica Button book together, but Homer wants to protect Lisa from the sad ending. Angelica Button is clearly a lady version of Harry Potter, but HP is already on the list πŸ™‚

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se18ep12 – Lisa researches her family history for a presentation on her family tree at school. No specific titles shown.


se18ep14 – Lisa becomes a teacher for Cletus’ children after they are barred from enrolling at Springfield elementary. She is seen here hauling a stack of books, but no titles are shown.


se18ep16 – Lisa reads Man and Superman, a play written by George Bernard Shaw. I’m surprised she hadn’t read anything by him until season 18! *selection #58*

Season 19 – September 23, 2007 to May 18, 2008


se19ep01 – Lisa is shown reading an untitled book on sofa.


se19ep06 – Lisa takes notes from another untitled book at the desk in her room.


se19ep07 – Here we have another episode loaded with books! Coolsville Comics ‘n Toys is the new comic shop in town, and the kids are all too ready to ditch Comic Book Guy for Milo (voiced by Jack Black) In this episode Lisa reads a Tin Tin book *selection #59* and stands in line to get her Ghost World book signed by the author *selection #60*

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Also in the episode are Alan Moore and Art Spiegelman.

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se19ep08 – Lisa and the family are held captive by Sideshow Bob, and Lisa can’t help but point out that Bob messed up a classic line from Macbeth. “Twere well it were done quickly. Macbeth Scene 1 Act 7. Look it up.” *selection #61*


se19ep13 – Lisa reads about the Joy of Sax!


se19ep14 – Lisa envisions herself in prison after she fears she and Bart killed Martin. In the sequence a book mobile comes to her cell and Lisa asks if there is any Joyce Carol Oates. The book lady replies “Nope, it’s all Danielle Steel.” and Lisa screams in horror. *selection #62* a Joyce Carol Oates book!


se19ep15 – Lisa dresses up like Angelica Button for the release of the new book. Comic Book Guy is Hagrid! This is meant to be the 7th book in the Harry Potter series.

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Later in the episode, after Lisa has taken up smoking to keep her thin for ballet, she hallucinates she is being visited by her future self. Lisa tries to say she doesn’t want to smoke, but her smokey alter-ego shows her images of famous women who smoked; Simone de Beauvior, Margaret Mead, Queen Elizabeth I, Lauren Bacall, and Lillian Hellman. Lisa then exclaims “My feminist heroes!” which is one of my favourite Lisa moments of the later episodes. Too funny!

Selection #63 – A book by Simone de Beauvior

Selection #64 – A book by Margaret Mead

Selection #65 – A biography of Queen Elizabeth I

Selection #66 – A memoir by Lauren Bacall

Selection #67 – A book or play by Lillian Hellman




Season 20 – September 28, 2008 to May 17, 2009


se20ep02 – Lisa reads a book on Peru after complaining that she will never get to go to Machu Picchu.


se20ep11 – Lisa reads one of my favourite books, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. *selection #68*



se20ep14 – Lisa reads a book on Ireland. Anyone keeping track of all the books Lisa has read about countries?

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Also in this episode, Lisa tells Bart and Marge about James Joyce’s book Ulysses. *selection #69*

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se20ep18 – Lisa reads a book entitled Chicks with Cliques which Homer got from the “What’s wrong with my daughter” section of the library, and uses a tactic suggested within to make Carl and Lenny fight.


The saga continues!

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