John Swartzwelder is the J. D. Salinger of comedy writing. The prolific Simpsons writer (he’s written 59 episodes of The Simpsons , far more than any other writer, even when the show is quickly approaching five hundred episodes) is as well known to his fans for his eccentricities as his writing. He was allowed to send his scripts in from home because the other writers couldn’t stand his chain-smoking. When he could no longer smoke in restaurants, he bought his favorite booth from his favorite diner and had it installed in his home. Swartzwelder’s final Simpsons was in 2003, and since then he has written a novel a year, all self-published , when realistically, he could barge into any publishing house and declare “I’ve written 20% of all Simpsons episodes” and be handed a contract. I read all eight of Swartzwelder’s novels in a row and have put my impressions together here, hopefully in a way that’s slightly less absurdist than Swartzwelder’s prose. The Time Machine … [Read more...] about The Novels of John Swartzwelder, the Most Prolific Simpsons Writer Ever
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Last modified on Feb 27, 2019 15:22 GMT Laura Sutcliffe The Queen always carries a Launer London handbag and former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh shared an Instagram snap of her holding the brand's gold 'Judi' bag that the Queen also has! So, we all know that the Queen is a style icon in her own right. Her Majesty regularly rocks the colour block trend, enjoys statement brooches, loves her a Burberry scarf and even wore the horsebit loafer look long before Gucci made them cool again. But we can't imagine that a reality-star-turned-fitness-entrepreneur would look to the royal for fashion inspiration - until now. We spied gorgeous former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh at Milan Fashion Week, rocking Launer London's Judi handbag in gold - the very same metallic number the Queen also has. Yes, really! The £1,170 arm candy has a super soft suede interior, iconic clasp lock and an extra-long shoulder strap. Each bag is extra-special because … [Read more...] about This TOWIE star and the Queen have the same handbag
Goodies, goodies, goodies. Each month, Abraham Riesman offers recommendations of comics media, including book-length graphic novels, comics-format nonfiction, ongoing series, and comics-related items in other forms. With any luck, at least one of them will be a match for you. Gumballs by Erin Nations (Top Shelf) Gumballs , an anthology of his short, unmistakable meditations on shame, aspiration, and self-conception. Told in autobiographical vignettes about the everyday struggle of gender dysphoria and clever fictions about weirdos seeking love and acceptance, the writing is poetic in its bluntness and the inks are as dense as the emotions they capture. Bad Girls by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos (Gallery 13) Bad Girls , writer Alex de Campi and artist Victor Santos present the reader with a viciously stylish chronicle of a very fateful evening in the Caribbean. The revolution may be at the doorstep, but the usual suspects — mobsters, … [Read more...] about The 8 Best Comics to Read in July
April 27, 2021 - 14:45 BST Emmy Griffiths Is the Anna Kendrick movie worth the watch? Find out what viewers are saying Stowaway is a new Netflix original movie that premiered on the streaming service in late March. Starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Colette, the space film has already rocketed to the top trending films - but is it worth the watch? Find out what viewers have been saying... MORE: 9 true-crime shows to get obsessed with in 2021 The synopsis for the new film reads: "On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision." Loading the player... WATCH: Stowaway trailer - have you watched yet? Taking to Twitter, one person was full of praise for the film, writing: "Really enjoyed #Stowaway. It’s more concerned with human … [Read more...] about Stowaway: is the new Netflix film starring Anna Kendrick worth the watch?
Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photo by Magnolia Pictures Regina Hall radiates gentle warmth and empathy in Support the Girls, Andrew Bujalski’s 2018 indie film about the stretched-thin but fiercely bonded employees of a Hooters-esque breastaurant called Double Whammies. As Lisa, Double Whammies’s long-suffering and incredibly loyal middle manager, Hall is both heartbreaking and low-key funny, maneuvering the insane machinations of her boss, Cubby (James Le Gros), the oft-perverse behavior of her customers, and her crumbling marriage, all while acting as something of a mother figure to the young, scantily clad women who work beneath her (Haley Lu Richardson, Junglepussy, and Dylan Gelula ). The role is an exercise in subtlety — Hall’s wide-open face contorts just slightly enough to let the audience know that Lisa is in pain, but not enough to clue in her adoring coworkers. It’s a revelatory, naturalistic performance that, coming on the heels of years of laugh-out-loud … [Read more...] about Regina Hall Answers Every Question We Have About