The television show Seinfeld helped define American culture in the 1990s. Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong talks about her new book “Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything”
On the “Seinfeld” economy:
Yes, it is crazy, I mean that to me is what made it interesting enough for a book. The guy who inspired the Kramer character, so not the guy who played him, not the who was ever on television, the guy used to be Larry David’s neighbor, still gives bus tours of NYC sites in the show and makes his living that way. And my favorite, the soup Nazi, the guy who played the soup Nazi, which most people don’t realize he was in one episode, he still makes his living doing appearances as the soup Nazi, he tours the world signing soup ladles and saying ‘no soup for you’ to people and that’s it. He does this mainly because I guess he can handle it psychologically, he seems okay with it, but it’s crazy.
Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.
Marketplace is on a mission.
We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.
Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?