Happy Bastille Day!
Wait... not those guys?
Oh. I see. Anyway, today we're apparently celebrating this guy instead:
Not because it's his birthday or death day (he died 24 years ago!), but just because. Pretty nice to find three titles of his that are 15 letters long, although the third one (IFIRANTHECIRCUS) is not in the major arcana, as it were. We also have space for two more iconic titles, THELORAX, and HOPONPOP, which was always one of my favorites. And the author gets his name in at 54D.
That's 65 squares devoted to the theme, which makes the pretty decent fill that much more enjoyable. 20A: Easily bruised thing for half the world (MALEEGO) gets my nod for best clue and answer. I'm not convinced about EMOBANDS - do all such bands have songs with "confessional lyrics?" Apparently so, according to Wikipedia. Hmmm. I like some songs by Death Cab For Cutie.
I would have liked POGO to be clued to:
But do people know who that is any more?
TENTPEG took me a while to get for some reason, as did TOOGOOD. 25A: Satyrs' quarries (NYMPHS) is excellent classics stuff. I also enjoyed MRED and his HAY.
There are a few answers I could do without (DER, ESS, TES, RAS), but acceptable with the rest of the puzzle.