All in all? It was pretty good. Not Mindy good, but pretty good. It started off really strong, but my interest sort of waned as it kept going. The two full chapters on why adultery shouldn't be such a big deal is a bit much to take in one sitting, but other than that it's a fun read. And if you haven't seen The Doorman episode of Seinfeld, well, that's upsetting. Every line he has in that episode is magic.
Parts I Liked
- I'm not sure if this'll be as poignant out of context, but I really liked this part: "If I were wiser, or something better than I am, if our culture were different somehow, I would have said something like, "Please listen to me. Don't live this way. You have to care about your work. Not for me, for yourself. You must care about me, too, but it starts with caring for yourself and what you do. It doesn't matter whether you take out garbage or spleens, you have to care. It's better to care. You're too young not to care."
- The phrase, "I excused myself with a smile."
- This definitely won't seem funny upon re-telling, but the part where he describes himself getting ready to beat someone up: "I was ready, willing, and able to drive back down there in my Saab, march over to him in my Dockers and Topsiders, roll up the sleeves of my Brooks Brothers summer-weight pinpoint Oxford, throw my Law & Order 100th Episode cap on the ground, spit on my Lubridermed hands, and tell him he either had to...." - the Law & Order line made me laugh so much.
- "Watching the instant friendships and play of children is a perfect lesson in how much paradise we leave behind in childhood."
- I don't particularly give a shit about cars, but there's a part I liked where he compares '57 Chevys to the cars made today: "Cars today are reliable, but they've got the soul of a vat of paste."
- "The porter was unshakable. Mount Rushmore changed expressions more than him."
- Loved hearing him describe a day as: "One satanically windy afternoon..."
- When talking about his friend Jerry Allen, "There was no tension about it between us, because we were late-nighters together, huddled in the same foxhole, and lucky enough to know somewhere deep down that the only real competition in life is with yourself."
- There's also an entire chapter devoted to teaching you how to get your children to want to watch the shows you grew up with (and to make them enjoy it as much as you), which was so smart and filled with good ideas. It's too lengthy to write here, but if you care about doing this with your kids at all, read this book.
You can purchase it on Amazon.