Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good
However, he can't fight the fact that he himself admits: David had the money, the cachet and the network approval to do whatever he really wanted. This is the story of a TV show which - although, like any program, came together through the confluence of so many events - really had to fight for nothing once it got on the air.
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Having said that, I've amended my initial, rather cynical view of this section. Although he's only compiling information from pre-existing sources, Levine does manage to give a pretty good overview of the making of the series, and the ways in which David and his actors developed the series into the cult phenomenon it is today.
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Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good: Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm
Not only is that a bit much for an improv series, but I would've appreciated something more than what could be found on the internet. As a kid I really enjoyed those in-depth episode guides for "The X-Files", but in this age of DVDs and Netflix, can't most people just watch the series? Levine is clearly a fan, and he gives lavish and evocative descriptions of the episodes. He's not completely unaware of the series' sometimes structural flaws, but doesn't venture as many opinions as one would like, particularly when he's devoted two pages over to a single half-hour episode.
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From this, Levine surmises that luck is a fleeting thing. Why not use this opportunity to examine how - in spite of the usual formula of shows with unlucky protagonists - Larry quite often has luck turn in his favour, or has season-long arcs that actually work out for him on occasion, refuting many series? Are we really to believe that Larry is so ignorant of an act that has featured in many iconic film and TV scenes throughout time? And if not, how does this fit into Larry's portrayal of Judaism?
“Pretty good. Pretttttttty, pretttttttttty, pretttttty good.”
I've been spoiled, it's true, by great analytic books such as Running Through Corridors: Still, I did enjoy the basic information that was provided, even if it seemed to rest primarily on the surface. No-one could accuse Josh Levine of being an author, but well done to him for picking a subject he enjoys and making a few bucks out of it. Dec 31, Meghan rated it it was ok Shelves: In spite of the title, this book is actually just sort of okay.
In the age of Wikipedia, there's just no excuse for padding out your book with an episode guide that is mostly plot description with a little light analysis. Still, it's a nice biography of the show. Jan 12, Stan rated it liked it. Sep 07, Melissa Crocker rated it it was ok. Pretty, pretty, pretty boring. And I love everything in the title. Jun 10, Gary Pointon rated it it was amazing.
Simple read nice insight to Larrys weird world.
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Feb 06, Erica rated it liked it. Feb 14, B. Hogan rated it it was ok. I've seen it said probably on here, now that I think about it that this book reads like an extended Wikipedia entry. I must say that I agree with this statement. And the episode guide? What was the point of this, as it only broke down each show piece by piece - again something that a fan would already know.
What would have I've seen it said probably on here, now that I think about it that this book reads like an extended Wikipedia entry. What would have been insightful were little-known facts about the episode, or even input from the cast. Jun 19, Arthur Cravan rated it really liked it Shelves: Having said that, whether it's due to secrecy or just a general lack of information, there wasn't really too much told on Larry's life.
Most times a player in the saga is introduced, Levine gives a brief bio on why that person is important in the pop culture mythos or at least in Larry's , which helped me form a better picture of the whole somewhat incestuous scene. The second half is basically the plot outlines of all the Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes up to the time of publication.
I skimmed through a few to see if there was any behind-the-scenes gossip, but I found it lacking. It's mostly Levine's critical opinion blended with the actual story outline. But, if this review somehow came out worse than I intended, I'll make a point of saying I still think it's four stars-worthy for what it is.
I do hope that some time in the future, perhaps after LD's passing, a more complete portrait gets painted. Jun 27, Erika rated it liked it. Got this book for Chris, but am going to steal it from him to read next. Love it almost as much as I love Seinfeld! Nothing wrong with the book at all, I would give it 3. Half of the book is an episode by episode guide to the show I only read that part up to the season I have finished watching. If you are a big fan of either show, it's worth reading, but certainly not laugh out loud funny!
He's no Tina Fey!!! Nov 29, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: The 3 stars only pertain to the first half of the book. Basically its got some of Larry David's history, and the schematics of the worldview or latent philosophy which David imbues his work with. That was all the most interesting stuff.
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Then there was also the biographical information on David which was kind of interesting, as well as the backgrounds of the actors and whatnot. It isn't particularly deep, but its more information about this stuff than is available on most websites. The second hal The 3 stars only pertain to the first half of the book. The second half of the book is pretty much useless. Its just an "episode guide. Feb 18, Judy rated it it was ok. I don't know what I was expecting with this book, but it wasn't a rather tame look at Larry David's experiences with Seinfeld and then the creation and filming of his HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
That was about a third of the book and then the rest is an examination of every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the plots, best lines, and a little commentary. Too many books and too little time to be spending it on this one. Aug 05, Patrick Book rated it liked it Shelves: This was a very light background that, as a fan of his shows, I enjoyed. In the interest of full disclosure, only half the book talks about David and the programs; the other half is an "episode guide" that recaps every episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Nov 26, Benjamin rated it really liked it. If you're a fan of Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm then this book is for you. Doesn't get too deep into Larry Davids life, but for how short it is you really get a nice glimpse at the comedic genius behind the two shows.
The book will have you craving the two shows and even has a few laughs if you can picture Larry David doing some of the things stated. Read it in like three days. Nov 24, Simone Bell rated it it was ok. The episode is the one where he accidentally calls Porno Gil Bob Odenkirk from the golf club and ends up getting invited to a party at his house. This is when he gets lost and has to ask for directions from the other guy at the golf club whose ball he didn't pick up!
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