How an episode of The Simpsons is made

By Chris Plante In 1996, The Simpsons passed The Flintstones as the longest running prime-time animated show. In the 30-year interim, the tenor of adult cartoons had shifted dramatically: The Simpsons was more caustic and puerile than The Flintstones, a shameless Stone Age remake of hit 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners. What had hardly changed was the creative process. Like The Flintstones, The Simpsons relied on a large Los Angeles-based writer’s room, a coterie of directors, a squad of storyboard and design artists, and dozens of animators. The biggest change in production over three decades was simply geography; by 1996, The … Continue reading How an episode of The Simpsons is made

What lurks beneath

In dreams: a Dalí-designed ‘eye watch’ set in a velvet mask. Photo by Bettmann/Getty The grand drama of Freud’s ideas have obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious Antonio Melechi is a visiting fellow at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of York. He is the author of Fugitive Minds (2003) and Servants of the Supernatural (2008). Towards the end of 1892, ‘Miss Lucy R’, a pale and delicate English governess living in Vienna, made her way to the surgery of a young neurologist on Berggasse 19 for the treatment of a ‘suppurative rhinitis’. … Continue reading What lurks beneath

Cum Again: Why Can’t Men Have Multiple Orgasms?

Here’s what’s happening in your body while you’re “reloading” Brian VanHooker The male orgasm is, to use the most clichéd metaphor in the book, a rollercoaster ride. Not because it involves a thrilling series of ups and downs, but because once it’s done, you can’t just stay in your seat for another go — you have to head to the back of the line and wait your turn all over again. But why? What is so impossible about the male body that it can’t experience multiple orgasms the way some women can? “It all has to do with the refractory period,” says … Continue reading Cum Again: Why Can’t Men Have Multiple Orgasms?