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“Spinoff!  Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul?” – Troy McClure

Welcome to The Ann Arbor Review of Books (beta).  This site is a spinoff of the Dead Homer Society, a website two friends and I started as a way to help distinguish The Simpsons, one of the finest and most popular cultural institutions of our time, from Zombie Simpsons, the merchandising fueled franchise that is immune to widespread criticism about declining quality because it generates more than a billion ($1,000,000,000) dollars per year.  The Ann Arbor Review of Books aims to take that kind of criticism (skeptical, reality based, easily ignored) and apply it to modern commercial media generally.

As the word “beta” implies, The Ann Arbor Review of Books is very much a work in progress.  The plan is to launch full time (i.e. updating 7 days per week with multiple authors) toward the end of the summer with reviews of everything from books and television to radio, blogs, newspapers, magazines and the advertising that pays for all of them.  We’ll see how it goes.  In the meantime and starting today, this beta site will host the first versions of what will (hopefully) become recurring features.

Since this site is a direct offshoot of Dead Homer Society, it seems only natural that the first real post be Simpsons related.  To that end, check back at 4:00pm this Friday for a review of Ice Age 4 and the first theatrical Simpsons short, The Longest Daycare, both of which open July 13th.

Posted July 11, 2012 by Charlie Sweatpants in Site News

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