The New Shakespeares
When I say that a particular person is a new Shakespeare, I don’t mean to suggest that they’re “quality” in any stuffy academic literary sense. I mean that they have a delightful style which is much beloved yet simultaneously not appreciated by high culture, at least not in their own time.
Prophets are traditionally not loved in their own countries; only when they move to the Undiscovered Country are they recognized and appreciated.
So: who do I think is the modern Shakespeare?
I think there are two contenders: Matt Groening and Joss Whedon.