Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Seinfeld Generation

I have watched/loved/revered Seinfeld for years, and for better or worse, the show has very obviously made an impression on me. I often find myself quoting from the show, merging a particularly memorable line into normal conversation. One of my best friends and I make a game of doing it whenever possible—we start out emails with quotes from the show that are relevant to the topic we’re writing about, we interject lines from the show into conversation and challenge each other to recognize them... In fact, when I told him I had based a character in my next book on him, he proposed the suggestion that he do a "Jayson Reality Book Tour". The pair of us are far gone indeed.

Can anyone else claim knowledge of this affliction? Anyone out there have their own life stories indelibly linked to a particular Seinfeld episode? I’d love to hear some stories, or reminisce over some classic quotes. Some of my favorite quotes, gleaned not from memory, but from here

"Jerry, you stand on the threshold to the magical world of sensual delights that most men dare not dream of."

- Kramer, in "The Gymnast"

"I'm in the unfortunate position of having to consider other people's feelings."

- Jerry, in "The Gymnast"

"You're giving me the 'It's not you, it's me' routine? I invented 'It's not you, it's me.' Nobody tells me it's them, not me. If it's anybody, it's me."

- George in "The Lip Reader"

"This is the most public yet of my many humiliations."

-Jackie Chiles, in "The Abstinence"

"I don't know how you guys walk around with those things."

- Elaine, in "The Hamptons"

"It's more like a full-body dry heave set to music."

- George, on Elaine's dancing style, in "The Little Kicks"

I could go on and on…
Come on...Post your favorites.


TJBrown said...

These peanuts are making me thirsty!

mimi said...

Oh, by the way, they're real--and they're spectacular!
Jerry's girlfriend Sidra, commenting on her breasts after Elaine failed to identify their authenticity

Jayson said...

I'm gonna need some water over here!
George calling to the diner waitress as Jerry describes some dirty-talk with his girlfirend.

Josie said...

My favorite one of all time:

No soup for you!