Weekend Reads: How to write the Simpsons, Fact-Checking Stephen King and more

Settle down for some reading this weekend with our selection of the best articles we enjoyed this past week.

How To Write A Simpsons Episode (FastCo)

Al Jean was one of the first writers hired to work on The Simpsons in 1989. Barring a brief hiatus, he’s been with the show ever since and is currently its showrunner. Here, he reveals the keys to writing classic episodes.

Man Maps His Heart Rate During ‘Game of Throne’ (PopSci)

Vertigo-inducing peaks and valley during the “red wedding” scene? Yep. Looks about right.

What Shakespeare Really Sounds Like (Fuzzy Typewriter)

What Shakespeare really sounded like – linguists reconstruct a 400-year-old accent to remarkable results.

The Fan Who Fact-Checks Stephen King (Wired)

At the end of the novel The Shining—does Jack knock out Dick Hallorann’s teeth or his dentures with that roque mallet? Rocky Wood knows. His 6,000-page Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King, compiled with two coauthors, is the deepest of deep dives into the people, places, and … things in King’s oeuvre. So it’s no surprise that King hired Wood, an Australian horror author, as a continuity adviser and fact-checker on his new novel, Doctor Sleep.

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– Rob Chilver
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