Her Ambitions Are Great and Her Knowledge Is Vast

Posted on 23 May 2011

Thank you to the wonderful Fiction Writers Review for pointing me toward this gem: The Lisa Simpson Book Club!

When I was a kid, my brother Craig liked to joke that I was just like Lisa Simpson. While some people might horrified to be compared to such a grade-A nerd, I knew better. After all, Lisa is a politically informed feminist vegetarian tree-hugging sax player prodigy who wore tie-dye to the beach that one time and who apparently reads The Atlantic: Kids’ Edition.

But let’s face it, I’m not as smart as Lisa and I never was. When I was 8 years old, I wasn’t reading Nietzsche; I was trying to convince my friends to have a scavenger hunt for acorns and pine cones. When they didn’t want to, I had to do it myself. That’s right. The phrases “my childhood” and “solo scavenger hunt” will pretty much tell you all you ever need to know about me. So maybe I was just like Lisa Simpson. What’s a little Nietzsche between two geeks?

Please enjoy the Lisa Simpson Book Club, but don’t let her ambitious reading list get you down. Remember: She also went into a frenzy over the new Malibu Stacy doll. So relax. (And then she launched a feminist doll to counter it. Which promptly tanked, but whatever.) Also, do check out Lisa’s exchange with Amy Tan.

Who’s your favorite Simpson? Do you agree that Marge is totally underrated? Don’t you just love how Lisa goes from science geek to Malibu Stacey princess in under five seconds flat?


6 responses to Her Ambitions Are Great and Her Knowledge Is Vast

  • Deb says:

    You have to admit Maggie’s pretty badarse.

  • Lyra says:

    I loved Marge and her sisters, Thelma and Selma, was it? Velma? Just the vision of that crotchety pair with those scratchy voices and the cigarettes dangling from their lips. Classic.

    • Downith says:

      And that voice! Like sandpaper.

    • Patty and Selma are great, yes. And even with all the years I’ve watched The Simpsons, I still can’t tell these two apart at first glance — I always forget who has the dented hair. My favorite Patty line is in the episode where she comes out and says, at the end, “Hell, no. I like girls!”

  • lisahgolden says:

    Let’s just say that it pleases me to no end that her name is Lisa.

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