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Examining Why So Many of Us Still Need Our Daily Dose of ‘Seinfeld’

Jul 1, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The wide range of opinions on the hit NBC series “Seinfeld,” including why for many viewers the ’90s sitcom has the lasting appeal of shows from another time such as “I Love Lucy” or “The Honeymooners,” is part of the subject matter of a new book, “Seinfeldia.”

Subtitled “How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything,” the book is written by former Entertainment Weekly staffer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. In a review of the book, The New York Times writes that Armstrong “delivers a solid history of the series, beginning with two largely unknown stand-up comedians, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, cracking jokes in a Korean deli in 1988 and realizing: This kind of banter could be a show.”

The review quotes Armstrong’s description of the two men at the time: “Seinfeld had dark hair blown dry into the classic ’80s pouf, while David maintained a magnificent Jew-fro, dented a bit in the middle by his receding hairline. Seinfeld’s delivery often ascended to a high-pitched warble; David favored a guttural grumble that could become a yell without warning.”

The Times adds: “Her book, as if she were a marine biologist, is a deep dive. She has interviewed the show’s writers; its directors; its bit players; even the creator of its theme music, Jonathan Wolff, whose composition made him, in the author’s words, ‘the most famous slap-bass player since Bootsy Collins.’”

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