By Gregory Kirschling
Updated July 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

”What I liked was the passionate enthusiasms of crazed writers,” says Simpsons creator and onetime rock critic Matt Groening of his guest editorship of Da Capo Best Music Writing 2003 (October). ”That’s what I can relate to. I used to work at a record store. The Onion piece [in the anthology] is how my life could’ve gone if I continued to write about music: It’s titled ’37 Record-Store Clerks Feared Dead in Yo La Tengo Concert Disaster.”’