a review on Jerry Seinfeld's "Seinlanguage," - from

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(5 out of 5 stars) This guy's got a lot of soul, May 24, 2002

Reviewer: Andrew Parodi (top 500 reviewer, Gervais, Oregon United States)

Probably sounds kind of corny for me to say that Jerry Seinfeld has a lot of soul, especially since he is known as the King of Shallowness with all his "did you ever notice?" humor. But I think the view of Jerry as shallow comes from a misunderstanding of the concept of "nothing." Anyone who has studied Buddhism will know about the importance of "nothingness" or of being an empty vessel. The objective is to clear one's mind of all preconceived ideas so that one can fully experience the present moment. In order for Jerry to make his supposedly shallow and obvious observations, he has to be completely in the present moment and unfettered by beliefs and ideas of how things should be - which is exactly what Buddhism advocates.

The feeling I get is that Jerry is not so much a comedian but a storyteller and perhaps a frustrated teacher (for evidence of his storytelling inclinations, check out his children's book HALLOWEEN). He likes to illustrate principles and he seems to want to guide people (I found it heartwarming that he credits his father, who died before this book's publication, with teaching him the importance of humor). Further evidence of his didactic persuasions is the way in which he tries to help women understand men. In SEINLANGUAGE he talks about men, being a man, and homophobia. And in his stand-up act I'M TELLING YOU FOR THE LAST TIME he says to his audience, "You wanna know what men are thinking? I'll tell you what men are thinking ... nothing."

Trust me. Looks can deceive ... this guy's got a lot of soul.

and then a bad review:
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

(1 out of 5 stars) Awful, awful, awful., May 7, 2004

Reviewer: C Tempas (New York) - See all my reviews
Anyone who had any doubts about the longevity of Seinfeld's initial schtick will be clearly vindicated by the contents of this book. This awful, awful book. This book is what happens when a limited, one-dimensional gimmick is singlehandedly responsible for the fame of a given celebrity. It is a case study in trendy humor. Barely above the level of "you ought to be a redneck if..", Jerry's observational "didja ever notice.." formula becomes scathingy obvious after the the first ten pages. Not only can you start predicting how every joke will end for the remaining 95% of the book, the experience is even more excruciating when you start hearing his whiny voice in your head. This book is clearly for pop culture historians or Seinfeld fanatics _only_. Just look at what readers who like the book recommend. I mean, in the words of its irritating author, "Who ARE these People?"

and some other selected quotes...:


... The book is very funny. Seinfeld has a gift for observation. He sees the absurdity in life and has a terrific way of finding the humor in it. The man has a way with words, as well. The book is articulate, insightful, and ironic. I could hear his voice as I read it. What makes this book such a high rating is the fact that I found it as funny the fifth time I read it as the first, which is a rarity in a humor book. ...

Matt Poole:

... I wouldn't say it was a book for everyone. I know some people who get very irritated by Seinfeld's superficial style of humour. ...

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