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In celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show's longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss -- who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989 -- shares stories, scandals and gossip about working with America's most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show's writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflect on his lifetime inside The Simpsons -- a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. Springfield Confidential exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it's like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where The Simpsons is watched (ironic note: there's no electricity in many of these places) ; and even reveals where Springfield is located!

Like Cary Elwes' As You Wish, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's Seinfeldia, and Chris Smith's The Daily Show: An Oral History, Springfield Confidential is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.



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Mathew Klickstein

MATHEW KLICKSTEIN grew up in Lake Forest, CA -- though thanks to universal preconceptions of Southern Orange County engendered by misguided TV shows/films about one certain area of his homeland, he normally tells people that he's simply from "nearby San Diego."

After receiving his BFA from the undergraduate screenwriting program at the University of Southern California (USC) , Mathew immediately took on a role as co-creator, producer and head writer on a weekly travelogue for the short-lived National Lampoon Network. The show, Collegetown USA, is hardly remembered, and with good reason.

Bouncing around in the realm of film/TV production for a few years, while building his budding portfolio as a writer and journalist, Mathew ended up falling into the (un) enviable position of being the Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Today, Southern California's oldest free-weekly publication (est. 1967) . That was a blast until it wasn't, and then Mathew fled for work elsewhere: ghost-writing, freelancing and eventually penning the script for a film he thought would be a kind of "extended Twilight Zone" ... but that Sony instead decided to turn into Steven Seagal's one and only horror film, Against the Dark. Whoops.

Such experiences, along with the (coincidentally? ) concurrent Economic Collapse and WGA Strike of 2008 led Mathew to abandon the burning sewage plant known as LA for Hipsterville, USA (aka Portland) . Subsequent stints to NYC, Boulder, CO and Lawrence, KS (with stops in Iowa City and God-Knows-Where-Else on his protracted criss-crossing of the country) followed, with Mathew somehow both making a living for himself AND remaining as prolific as ever in the realms of short films, music videos, documentaries, short stories, girlie poetry, erotica, reportage, professionally-produced plays and novels published by companies so small you've never heard of them or of Mathew's books ...

Now you maybe actually kinda know who he is because he wrote the book about Nickelodeon (SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age) , which found itself on multiple "Best Of" lists by year's end. Although, let's be honest, "wrote" is a strong euphemism for an oral history, no? Suppose he was more of a "curator" or "editor" than a writer.

And if you LIKE what you read, also check out Mathew's other lesser-known books such as: Rag Doll (not for children but his best work to date) , My Dog Forgot How to Read (talking eBook for children, no joke) , Daisy Goes to the Moon (for children if your children are weird, but probably more for you) , Back to Hollywood (if you can find it) and This Book is Called Counter (which you almost assuredly won't be able to find) . Also look out for some of Mathew's short videos, stories and the like scattered about the Internet and library archives.

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