Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Epub)


Ebook Info

  • Published: 2017
  • Number of pages: 336 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 10.86 MB
  • Authors: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong


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.”

User’s Reviews

Review ***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 “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 “[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 “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 “Even as someone lucky enough to be on the show, I couldn’t put Seinfeldia down.” —Larry Thomas, “The Soup Nazi” “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

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ Not organized with an index as far as Episodes!. No way to go by season or episode. But the point of this book is to tell the story of the scenes behind Seinfeld. I think the author gets this point across. If you are a real nut case Seinfeld fan I would recommend this book!

⭐ If you were an avid viewer of the show, Seinfeld, this book will capture your attention and hold it until you have read the book, completely. The book is filled with fact and numerous events that either involved writers, producers, actors, agents, and all other people integral to the show. It is an entertaining book and it will capture your attention until you finish the book.

⭐ The chapters that dealt with the stars (before, during and after the show), the episodes, their dealings with the network were all fantastic. Great behind the scenes stuff that I hadn’t heard or read about before. If only the entire book focused on those areas. There were several chapters on all of the writers and writing process. Those started out interesting enough, but quickly got repetitive and less compelling. Then the last few chapters totally lost me. Stories about websites, blogs and twitter accounts. Beyond boring. There were so many under or un-explored topics that would have made for a stronger finish. I would still recommend it to a Seinfeld fan because the first 75% or so was that good, but after that, I would advise to just skim through the last few chapters

⭐ Mindlessly dull; the author drones on and on without any insights into the internal worlds of the principal actors; felt like all the perspectives from the various “insiders” were culled from superficial interviews from many different sources and just “copied and pasted”, resulting in a rambling and dreary read…don’t waste your time and money!

⭐ Seinfeldia is a must for those who love Seinfeld and wanted to know what it was like to be behind the scenes of such an iconic show. Its a quick read but packs a lot of little gems. It also has pictures that marked the time when this show was hot hot hot.

⭐ Compelling, with page after page of inside information about the conception, production, and cast of Seinfeld. As a major fan, I’m loving this book. “How could anyone not like [it]?”

⭐ After I read the sample pages, I was hooked! This book has such a plethora of Seinfeld minutiae I had no idea existed! I am now searching for a minor league baseball game with a Seinfeld night! Maybe I’ll even host a Seinfeld-themed party!!!

⭐ Made me want to go back and rewatch. I felt like it lost steam at the end, the last few chapters didn’t really add anything. Overall, pretty good just carries on a little too long.

⭐ Got this for my brother as a Christmas gift. He really liked it and was very eager to read it.

⭐ love this book. it provides so much context for the show. kind of makes me like larry david less, but I can’t not like him.


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