29 July, 2002

The Existential Simpsons

Okay, sometimes I scare even myself!

I'm sitting here, reading Sartre's Existentialism and Human Emotions (in particular, The Hole). Pretty much for fun. (This isn't the scary part, though). What's scary is the amazing similarity I found between these two quotes. First, Sartre:

If I eat a pink cake, the taste of it is pink; the light sugary perfume, the oiliness of the butter cream are the pink. Thus I eat the pink as I see the sugary.

Now, an exchange between Homer and Lisa in The Simpsons:

Homer: Donut?
Lisa: No, thanks. Do you have any fruit?
Homer: [offers some of the donut he's eating] This has purple stuffinside. Purple is a fruit.

I admit, this isn't going to win me the Nobel prize. But damn, that is just such an odd coincidence. And I really wouldn't put it past the writers on The Simpsons to try and throw something like that into the show.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure which is more disturbing... that you noticed this, or that The Simpsons is where you find the most intelligent discourse on television.

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