Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781476756110
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Release: 2017-06-06
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"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.

Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781476756127
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Release: 2016-07-05
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.”

Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1476756104
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Release: 2016-07-05
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!”, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry’s famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.

Sex and the City and Us

Sex and the City and Us
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781501164835
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Release: 2019-05-07
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The bestselling author of Seinfeldia offers a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, in a “bubbly, yet fierce cultural dissection of the groundbreaking show” (Chicago Tribune). This is the story of how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. They endured shock, slut-shaming, and a slew of nasty reviews on their way to eventual—if still often begrudging—respect. The show wasn’t perfect, but it revolutionized television for women. When Candace Bushnell began writing for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord. Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star brought her vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for HBO. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha launched a barrage of trends, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women’s relationship to sex and elevated the perception of singlehood. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, “Jennifer Keishin Armstrong brings readers inside the writers’ room and into the scribes’ lives…The writing is fizzy and funny, but she still manages an in-depth look at a show that’s been analyzed for decades, giving readers a retrospective as enjoyable as a $20 pink cocktail” (The Washington Post). Sex and the City and Us is both a critical and nostalgic behind-the-scenes look at a television series that changed the way women see themselves.

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9781451659221
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Release: 2013-10-29
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic television series offers insight into how the influential show reflected changing American perspectives and was a first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers. TV tie-in.

When Women Invented Television

When Women Invented Television
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062973337
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Release: 2021-03-23
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Leaps at the throat of television history and takes down the patriarchy with its fervent, inspired prose. When Women Invented Television offers proof that what we watch is a reflection of who we are as a people.” —Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia Jennifer Keishin Armstrong tells the little-known story of four trailblazing women in the early days of television who laid the foundation of the industry we know today. It was the Golden Age of Radio and powerful men were making millions in advertising dollars reaching thousands of listeners every day. When television arrived, few radio moguls were interested in the upstart industry and its tiny production budgets, and expensive television sets were out of reach for most families. But four women—each an independent visionary— saw an opportunity and carved their own paths, and in so doing invented the way we watch tv today. Irna Phillips turned real-life tragedy into daytime serials featuring female dominated casts. Gertrude Berg turned her radio show into a Jewish family comedy that spawned a play, a musical, an advice column, a line of house dresses, and other products. Hazel Scott, already a renowned musician, was the first African American to host a national evening variety program. Betty White became a daytime talk show fan favorite and one of the first women to produce, write, and star in her own show. Together, their stories chronicle a forgotten chapter in the history of television and popular culture. But as the medium became more popular—and lucrative—in the wake of World War II, the House Un-American Activities Committee arose to threaten entertainers, blacklisting many as communist sympathizers. As politics, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, and money collided, the women who invented television found themselves fighting from the margins, as men took control. But these women were true survivors who never gave up—and thus their legacies remain with us in our television-dominated era. It's time we reclaimed their forgotten histories and the work they did to pioneer the medium that now rules our lives. This amazing and heartbreaking history, illustrated with photos, tells it all for the first time.

Sexy Feminism

Sexy Feminism
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong,Heather Wood Rudúlph
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9780547738307
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Release: 2013
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents discussions on a variety of feminist topics which take into account the current cultural climate, coving such topics as dating, fashion, careers, dieting, plastic surgery, political activism, and relationships.

Seinfeld and Philosophy

Seinfeld and Philosophy
Author: William Irwin
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781459601161
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Release: 2010-08-24
Editor: ReadHowYouWant.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How is Jerry like Socrates? Is it rational for George to ''do the opposite? '' Would Simone de Beauvoir say that Elaine is a feminist? Is Kramer stuck in Kierkegaard's aesthetic stage? Seinfeld and Philosophy is both an enlightening look at the most popular sitcom of the decade and an entertaining introduction to philosophy via Seinfeld's plots and characters. These fourteen essays, which explore the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Lao-Tzu, Heidegger, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Wittgenstein, will show readers how to be masters of their philosophical domain.

Yada Yada Yada

Yada Yada Yada
Author: Daniel Jeffers
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781925418941
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Release: 2019-05
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Everything you need to know about the irritating minutiae of daily existence, according to the (total lack of) wisdom of Seinfeld's Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. Seinfeld is a television phenomenon. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made. This provides you with the desperate ineptitude of Jerry, Elaine, George & Kramer. Find out which of these schmucks is your true spirit animal with the Which Seinfeld Character Are you? quiz; act on your girlfriend's virtually imperceptible character flaws with Jerry's guide to Break-Ups; turn to Fred and Estelle for advice on making a marriage work; look to George for tips on Alienating the World and dive deep into the show's classic 90's New York Fashion styles. Full of advice you shouldn't take, fashion tips, trivia and hilarious quotes direct from Jerry's apartment, this guide is here to help you discover the secrets to mastering your domain and never having to learn from your mistakes.

Pop Star Goddesses

Pop Star Goddesses
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062943705
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Release: 2020-04-07
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A compendium of thirty-five incredible female pop stars whose energies, virtues, and vices make them the ideal role models for our age—powerful women who can teach us all how to discover our own inner goddess. We are living in the age of the music goddess: Beyoncé. Lady Gaga. Taylor Swift. Katy Perry. Britney. Nicki Minaj. Cardi B. Pink. Madonna. Rihanna. Gwen Stefani. Alicia Keys. Kelly Clarkson. Never before have so many women dominated their industry and pop culture itself with such creativity, passion, and force. Visionary and ferociously talented, these women are reshaping our society and our lives. In this stunningly designed compendium, Jennifer Armstrong offers an intimate, up-close look at thirty-five of pop music’s most revered goddesses, analyzing their performances, songs, videos, interviews, social media, activism, and personal lives to illuminate their significance for both critics and fans. These divas post astounding album sales, enjoy millions of radio plays, YouTube views, and social media followings, and sell out stadiums. While we are awed and inspired by their success, we worship them for so much more. Beyoncé’s work ethic. Nicki Minaj’s no-bullshit attitude. Taylor Swift’s relatability. Pink’s sense of social justice. Jennifer Lopez’s transformation from “Jenny from the block” to fashion icon. Each of these goddesses speaks to us in her own unique way. Beyoncé is our superhuman alter ego; Britney is our survival instinct. Armstrong pairs each pop star goddess with a corresponding goddess from ancient cultures, and offers advice on how to invoke the pop star goddess’s energy in your own life, providing journal prompts and a Power Song List that allows you harness the power of a particular pop goddess’s energy when you need it. Filled with information, advice, insights, playlists, and forty gorgeous color illustrations, Pop Star Goddess will help you tune in and turn on your own divine energy. The Pop Star Goddesses are: Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Carla Bruni, Pink, JLo, Kesha, Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Gwen Stephani, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Adele, Missy Elliott, Shakira, Solange, Miranda Lambert, Celine Dion, Sia, Queen Latifah, SZA, Kacey Musgraves, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Laura Jane Grace, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen.

The Real Seinfeld

The Real Seinfeld
Author: Mike Costanza,Greg Lawrence
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0966329805
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Release: 1998
Editor: Wordwise Literary Services
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A longtime friend of Jerry Seinfeld's discusses how the television comedian got his start, what the hit television show Seinfeld was really about, and some of Jerry's private jokes

The Little Book of Seinfeld

The Little Book of Seinfeld
Author: Hippo! Orange
Pages: 192
ISBN: 1911610597
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Release: 2020-10
Editor: Little Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The show that made the ordinary extraordinary. 22 years on from the show's divisive final episode, Seinfeld remains Master of its Domain thanks to its sharp dialogue, unforgettable characters and dedication to unpacking society's smallest details. Not since William Shakespeare has popular culture had such an impact on the English language, and collected here is the show's best advice, quotes, facts and yada, yada, yada. It's the complete guide to the world as told by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. 'You know you could let the house go. You could let yourself go. A good-looking blind woman doesn't even know you're not good enough for her.' George on why he'd prefer to date a blind woman over a deaf woman. From QuoteCatalog.com - Seinfeld, Season 7, 'The Wink'. 'Lawrence Tierney scared the living crap out of all of us.' Jason Alexander (George) on why Elaine's father only appears in one episode. From ranker.com - Dramatic Stories From Behind The Scenes Of 'Seinfeld'. 'People don't turn down money! It's what separates us from the animals.' One of the few times when on-screen Jerry differed from his off-screen counterpart - Jerry Seinfeld turned down $10 million per episode to bring Seinfeldback for a tenth season.

SeinLanguage

SeinLanguage
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Pages: 180
ISBN: 0553385739
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Release: 2008
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Seinfeld. For more than 33 million viewers, the Emmy Award-winning television show has become a Thursday night ritual. Even though the show has ended, Jerry Seinfeld's distinct brand of humor can still be yours. In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, SeinLanguage, Jerry Seinfeld has captured on the page his views on topics ranging from Raisinettes to relationships, from childhood to cop shows, and from parents to power suits. This must-have book for all fans—and who isn't a fan?—remains available in both paperback and hardcover. From the Paperback edition.

I ll Have What She s Having

I ll Have What She s Having
Author: Erin Carlson
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780316353908
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Release: 2017-08-29
Editor: Hachette Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy--When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle--which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham. In I'll Have What She's Having entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics. With a cast of famous faces including Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip to Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron--who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it--ruled the set with an attention to detail that made her actors feel safe but sometimes exasperated crew members. Along the way, Carlson examines how Ephron explored in the cinema answers to the questions that plagued her own romantic life and how she regained faith in love after one broken engagement and two failed marriages. Carlson also explores countless other questions Ephron's fans have wondered about: What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted comedian trapped in the body of a fairytale princess, not the first choice for the role? After she and Hanks each separatel balked at playing Mail's Kathleen Kelly and Sleepless' Sam Baldwin, what changed their minds? And perhaps most importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing ... in a turtleneck? An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.

Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy

Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy
Author: Mark Ralkowski
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9780812697667
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Release: 2012
Editor: Open Court Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What makes Larry a monster, and why doesn't he know that he's a monster? This title discusses philosophical answers to these questions. It also discusses the ethical and existential issues, such as whether Larry is a bad apple or perhaps worth emulating.

At the Chinese Table A Memoir with Recipes

At the Chinese Table  A Memoir with Recipes
Author: Carolyn Phillips
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781324002468
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Release: 2021-06-15
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Part memoir of life in Taiwan, part love story—a beautifully told account of China’s brilliant cuisines…with recipes. At the Chinese Table describes in vivid detail how, during the 1970s and ’80s, celebrated cookbook writer and illustrator Carolyn Phillips crosses China’s endless cultural and linguistic chasms and falls in love. During her second year in Taipei, she meets scholar and epicurean J. H. Huang, who nourishes her intellectually over luscious meals from every part of China. And then, before she knows it, Carolyn finds herself the unwelcome candidate for eldest daughter-in-law in a traditional Chinese family. This warm, refreshingly candid memoir is a coming-of-age story set against a background of the Chinese diaspora and a family whose ancestry is intricately intertwined with that of their native land. Carolyn’s reticent father-in-law—a World War II fighter pilot and hero—eventually embraces her presence by showing her how to re-create centuries-old Hakka dishes from family recipes. In the meantime, she brushes up on the classic cuisines of the North in an attempt to win over J. H.’s imperious mother, whose father had been a warlord’s lieutenant. Fortunately for J. H. and Carolyn, the tense early days of their relationship blossom into another kind of cultural and historical education as Carolyn masters both the language and many of China’s extraordinary cuisines. With illustrations and twenty-two recipes, At the Chinese Table is a culinary adventure like no other that captures the diversity of China’s cuisines, from the pen of a world-class scholar and gourmet.

The Way We All Became The Brady Bunch

The Way We All Became The Brady Bunch
Author: Kimberly Potts
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781538716595
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Release: 2019-12-03
Editor: Hachette UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In celebration of the Brady Bunch's 50th anniversary, TV writer Kimberly Potts writes a Seinfeldia-like definitive history of the show that changed the family sitcom and made an indelible impact on pop culture. There isn't a person in this country who hasn't heard of The Brady Bunch. Whether it's the show they watched growing up, or the one their parents did--whether adored, or great to poke fun at--The Brady Bunch is unarguably one of the most enduring and inspiring TV shows of our time. It's lived a dozen lives, from its original comedy debut and big-screen movies, to the Emmy-winning TV auteurs it has inspired--everyone from Vince Gilligan to Jill Soloway--and promises to live many more. In The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch, TV and pop culture writer Kimberly Potts will draw upon her deep knowledge of and appreciation for The Brady Bunch and television and pop culture history, as well as her contacts, connections, and experience, to provide an industry insider narrative of The Brady Bunch. With fresh interviews, The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch will examine the show's lasting effects on its audience and take readers behind-the-scenes and into the lives of our most beloved characters, all to document why The Brady Bunch was one of the most groundbreaking shows of its time--and why it remains to this day, unforgettable.

How to Poo at Work

How to Poo at Work
Author: Mats,Enzo
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781101565582
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Release: 2011-11-29
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The perfect gag gift for anyone who appreciates a little toilet humor! Don't let number 2 stop you from being number 1 on the job. Face the facts. You poop every day-more or less-but making a misstep when you've got to go at the office could land you in some serious doo-doo. How to Poo at Work is the ultimate guide to handling a range of potentially awkward situations, including what to do when: • The boss is in the next stall • The toilet gets clogged • A colleague follows you into the bathroom • There's no toilet paper Flush with useful diagrams, this handy book can save your career from going down the toilet.

Generation Friends

Generation Friends
Author: Saul Austerlitz
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781524743376
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Release: 2019-09-17
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show's premiere. Howyoudoin’? In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, and thanks to the show’s immensely talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television’s last moment of dominance, Friends has become the most influential and beloved show of its era. Friends has never gone on a break, and this is the story of how it all happened. Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz utilizes exclusive interviews with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, executive producer Kevin Bright, director James Burrows, and many other producers, writers, and cast members to tell the story of Friends’ creation, its remarkable decade-long run, and its astonishing Netflix-fueled afterlife. Readers will go behind the scenes to hear from the people who were present as the show was developed and cast, written and filmed. There will be talk of trivia contests, prom videos, trips to London, Super Bowls, lesbian weddings, wildly popular hairstyles, superstar cameos, mad dashes to the airport, and million-dollar contracts. They’ll also discover surprising details—that Monica and Joey were the show’s original romantic couple, how Danielle Steel probably saved Jennifer Aniston’s career, and why Friends is still so popular that if it was a new show, its over-the-air broadcast reruns would be the ninth-highest-rated program on TV. The show that defined the 1990s has a legacy that has endured beyond wildest expectations. And in this hilarious, informative, and entertaining book, readers will now understand why.

The Vaccination Picture

The Vaccination Picture
Author: Timothy Caulfield
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780735235052
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Release: 2017-10-24
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Few topics in health policy have generated as much debate—and frustration—among public health experts as the issue of vaccine safety. Misinformation around the science of vaccination continues to spread, and too often the media fails to report bad science for what it is. Using science-informed analysis alongside original art and powerful essays, health science leader Timothy Caulfield debunks the myths and false assumptions about vaccination safety and effectiveness. Accessible, informative, and entertaining, The Vaccination Picture tells the true story of vaccines, their uses, and their positive effects for everyone.