John Swartzwelder is the J. D. Salinger of comedy writing. The prolific Simpsons writer (he’s written 59 episodes of The Simpsons, far more than any other writer, even when the show is quickly approaching five hundred episodes) is as well known to his fans for his eccentricities as his writing. He was allowed to send his scripts in from home because the other writers couldn’t stand his chain-smoking. When he could no longer smoke in restaurants, he bought his favorite booth from his favorite diner and had it installed in his home. Swartzwelder’s final Simpsons was in 2003, and since then he has written a novel a year, all self-published.