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Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed…

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

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A good book if you are interested in reading about Seinfeld's writers. If you are looking for a deep dive into Seinfeld, I learned more watching the DVDs and getting the "inside look". ( )
  Oregonpoet | Jul 12, 2019 |
With occasional moments of good trivia, this book was more of a chore to read than expected. The majority of the tales in this book won't be new to Seinfeld fanatics, as they can be found on the many DVD extras. Still, it made me want to go back and rewatch some Seinfeld, so it wasn't all bad. ( )
  rorytoohey | Mar 1, 2019 |
Very nice, well researched (she talked to writers!) and I certainly learned my fair share of facts that can't be gleaned from EW profiles or TV Guide features. A compelling, speedy read.
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  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
This was a fun one to listen to. It brought back memories of many episodes and interesting backstory to the writing and writers of this show. ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
Narrated by Christina Delaine. Armstrong provides "Seinfeld" fans plenty of interesting and entertaining backstory on the production of Seinfeld. There are interviews and stories from the show's assorted writers who incorporated the mundanities of their own lives into the show's scripts (each season Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld would clear the writers deck and bring in new writers). It's particularly interesting to hear what was behind some of the most celebrated episodes such as "Master of Your Domain," the Junior Mint, and waiting for a table at the Chinese restaurant. I felt the book bogged down a bit after the show ends; Armstrong spends time describing how fans new and old have created blogs, social media accounts and art inspired by the show. Interesting but not as compelling to me as the show and the people who worked on it. Interestingly, she seems to skirt the controversy of the Puerto Rican Day Parade episode. I remember the outcry as being vividly angry and that they chose not to rerun the episode that season. Delaine's performance is straightforward, with a dusky edge that's reminiscent of NPR's Terry Gross. When voicing the show's characters or quoting the actors, she doesn't attempt a full impersonation but captures their recognizable cadences. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Jun 9, 2018 |
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"An uproarious behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the hit television series describes how comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld dreamed up the idea for an unconventional sitcom over coffee and how, despite network skepticism and minimal plotlines, achieved mainstream success, "--NoveList.… (more)

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