The Australian art critic Robert Hughes dates Postmodernism, at least in its Pop Art manifestation, from that moment in Walt Disney's 1940 movie Fantasia when Mickey Mouse mounts the conductor's podium and shakes hands with Leopold Stokowski. I like that. (Review of Contemporary Fiction: vol. 8, no. 3)
... and tonight on a Very Self-Referential Episode of the O.C., Paris Hilton guest stars as a Pynchon-loving graduate student. My favorite Paris Hilton inspired motto for parties: "Don't tell anyone I'm in grad school!"