Picks and Pans Review: Spotlight On...pop Philosophy
updated 04/07/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/07/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The book, which its publisher says has sold 170,000 copies, is one in a series of surprisingly popular volumes that plumb the unexplored metaphysical depths of assorted pop cultural works. Books on Seinfeld and The Matrix are already out, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer edition is due this month, and a Woody Allen text is in the works. "Rather than ask students for examples from Macbeth, we found Seinfeld to be better for illustration," says King's College (Pa.) philosophy professor William Irwin, 32, an editor of the series. Socrates, adds Branson, used to pal around with actors: "If he were alive today, he would take a trip to Hollywood to speak to comedians and TV executives."
All of which is worth a giggle to The Simpsons'head writer, Al Jean: "What's ironic is that it's a college-level discussion of issues on a show written by people who spent their college days not going to class." Noah Isackson