Chris Turner is the author of the national bestseller Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation. His culture and technology reporting for Shift magazine earned him four National Magazine Awards from 1999 to 2003, including the 2001 President's Medal for General Excellence, the highest honour in Canadian magazine writing. His writing has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Independent, the Sunday Times, Time, Canadian Geographic and Utne Reader.
Praise for Chris Turner and Planet Simpson
"One of this country's smartest and most original
--Hour (Montreal) "[An] absolutely must-have tome for the many Simpsons freaks, not just an over-sized fan's guide but an absorbing take on why it matters."
--Toronto Star "Turner has written the definitive Simpsons study. He shows both a lightness of touch suitable to his subject and the intellectual rigour to grasp its vast purview."
--The Gazette (Montreal) "[A] brilliant critique of western culture from the mid-90s to the present. . . . Turner understands pop culture in a way few others of his generation have been able to articulate thus far."
--The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo) "Smart and funny, Turner is clearly one of the converted, and he writes with fitting enthusiasm for his subject while working in seemly references to cultural theory and TV-insider politics."
--The Hollywood Reporter "One of the more fascinating and entertaining works I've read."
--The Globe and Mail "A broad-minded analysis that connects the television show to some of the most pressing issues in contemporary life."