Smells Like Teen Angst: Nineties Nostalgia with Daria Morgendorffer and Lisa Simpson

I’ve recently been getting back in touch with my angsty teenage days thanks to some amazing (!) finds at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. I was lucky enough to find two of my favorite nineties TV series, Daria and The Simpsons, for sale. Of course, I couldn’t pass up such a perfect opportunity to relive the days of yore. Obsessively rewatching these shows has reminded me that both Daria Morgendorffer and Lisa Simpson are not only smart, snarky, and cynical; they’re also very well-read. I’ve compiled a list of some favorite titles read by each of these misanthropes to help bring out your inner angst.


1984 book cover

1984 by George Orwell 

Catch-22 book cover

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Frankenstein book cover

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Howl and Other Poems book cover

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsburg


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest book cover

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey





Cat's Cradle book cover

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

The Bell Jar book cover

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson book cover

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test book cover

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

The Raven book cover

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe


All of these books are available to check out at The Urbana Free Library. You can also find The Simpsons and Daria: The Complete Animated Series available for checkout on the first floor in our DVD collection. They are definitely worth a rewatch!


Liz P.