Writers on The Simpsons

In tonights episode of The Simpsons, Lisa and Moe go to a writer’s seminar called “Wordloaf” in Vermont. Is this a real thing? I googled, but I found nothing.

Moe has been invitedto Wordloaf by Tom Wolfe, who loves Moe’s book of poetry, Howling at a Concrete Moon. What Wolfe and the other writers at Wordloaf don’t realize is that Lisa has engineered Moe’s book, editing it together from Moe’s fragmented notes of despair, and giving it its title. Disappointment, betrayal, and humiliation ensues. Also, I think Homer might’ve eaten a donut or something.

Authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) also guest star. By the way, biblioklept is coming down here, officially, in complete disagreement with Jonathan Franzen’s opinions on “difficult writing.”


Thomas Pynchon’s non-image makes a brief cameo. By my count this is his third appearance on the show.

Overall, despite jokes about grading papers and grad school and several obscure literary references–all things so dear to my heart–this episode was not so funny.


  1. Andy Pederson · November 19, 2006

    Wordloaf in Vermont actually is a spoof on the famous Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference held on the Bread Loaf Mountain Campus in Middlebury Vermont. This is the nation’s oldest writer’s conference. Robert Frost lived for 40 years about one mile from the campus. I believe that the Simpsons have some additional connection to Middlebury College (which is what Bread Loaf is a part of). In the episode “22 short films about Springfield”, Snake is wearing a Middlebury shirt. Perhaps one of the writers is a grad or has some other connection.


  2. ed biblioklept · November 19, 2006

    Thanks for the enlightening info, Andy.


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