How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9781476756110
  • augustus 2017
  • Paperback
  • 336 pagina's
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The New York Times bestseller about two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld- A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better understanding of how television series are made (Booklist, starred review). Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. But against all odds, viewers did watch-first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. Fussy Jerry, neurotic George, eccentric Kramer, and imperious Elaine-people embraced them with love. Seinfeldia, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's intimate history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be. Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers into the writers' room and into a world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant. Seinfeld created a strange new reality, one where years after the show had ended the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying No soup for you! , Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, and Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sites from the show. Seinfeldia is an outrageous cultural history. Dwight Garner of The New York Times Book Review wrote: Armstrong has an eye for detail....Perhaps the highest praise I can give Seinfeldia is that it made me want to buy a loaf of marbled rye and start watching again, from the beginning.


***A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER*** Her book, as if she were a marine biologist, is a deep dive...Perhaps the highest praise I can give Seinfeldia is that it made me want to buy a loaf of marbled rye and start watching again, from the beginning. -Dwight Garner, The New York Times Even for those of us who imagine ourselves experts, Armstrong scatters delicious details throughout her book, like so many Jujyfruits we can't resist... [I]n describing the making and writing of this singular show, Armstrong is queen of the castle. Her stories about Seinfeld are real - and they're spectacular. -Washington Post Armstrong is an excellent writer and a first-rate journalist. I can attest from firsthand knowledge that Seinfeldia is not only a great read but an accurate historical description about two comedians and one TV show that changed the course of television history. -Kenny Kramer, the real-life inspiration for Sienfeld's Kramer Lively and illuminating. A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better of understanding of how television series are made. -Booklist, starred review Even as someone lucky enough to be on the show, I couldn't put Seinfeldia down. -Larry Thomas, The Soup Nazi [S]avvy and engaging...the best way to enjoy Seinfeldia is to read the book with TV remote in hand, calling up episodes on Hulu as Ms. Armstrong adroitly recounts the back story of these still-captivating shows that were never, ever about nothing. -Wall Street Journal Armstrong proves herself the perfect guide to understanding who, what, when, where, why, and how this show came to define American culture in the '90s.... Seinfeldia is as funny and interesting as a good episode of the show it covers. Armstrong's pacing and attention to detail makes it a book about pop culture that goes by almost too quickly. -A.V. Club, Grade: A- The heart of Armstrong's book and its most engaging quality is how it all came to be: the Seinfeld rules of the road that seemed to be without rules; the actors who left their indelible mark (Bryan Cranston as dentist Tim Whatley, Teri Hatcher as one of Jerry's spectacular girlfriends) and the parade of moments about nothing that really turned out to be something. -USA Today Armstrong's intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be. How nothing could become something or how a national TV audience learned to live in a Beckett-ian world. Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike. -Kirkus Reviews Armstrong offers a masterly look at one of the greatest shows. The research involved makes this a boon to television scholars, but Seinfeld enthusiasts will also enjoy this funny, highly readable book. -Library Journal This book is the ultimate score for any Seinfeld addict. -Fred Stoller, author of My Seinfeld Year At last, here is the quintessential book on how and why a show about nothing managed to wend its way through the mediocrity and emerge as a hit. Read it. -Mike Sacks, author of Poking a Dead Frog Seinfeldia is an addictive read for any TV lover. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's trenchant insight into the cultural phenomenon and pervasive fandom of the beloved show is real, and it's spectacular. -Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse 90210 From the stories behind the stories to the characters behind the characters, Seinfeldia delivers everything you always wanted to know. -William Irwin, editor of Seinfeld and Philosophy Jennifer Keishin Armstrong has managed to do the impossible - she's written a book about nothing. Which is everything. Because it's Seinfeld. Through Armstrong's pen, we learn exactly how a couple of neurotic comics hijacked nothingness (once the exclusive domain of Buddhist monks and their serene, mountaintop monk-spas ) and transported it into every TV set in America. -Mary Birdsong, Reno 911



augustus 2017
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336 pagina's
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Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Simon & Schuster



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