Reading: The Tao of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

May 17, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Please join the Village Zendo on Friday May 17th at 7pm, for a reading and discussion with author and sangha member Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. In her new book “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted,” Keishin explores how The Mary Tyler Moore Show helped make television a forum for social issues and brought feminism to the forefront of pop culture, changing the lives of the groundbreaking women who wrote for the show — and for women across the country.

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Jennifer Armstrong is a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly and the author of Why? Because We Still Like You, a history of the original Mickey Mouse Club. She has provided pop culture commentary for CNN, VH1, Fox News Channel, and ABC, and her writing has been featured in Salon,, Glamour, Budget Travel, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She also co-founded and continues to run, an alternative online women’s magazine. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings, and Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest.

Words about the book:

“Delicious… For any fan of the show or TV history in general, this book is pure pleasure.” (Kirkus (starred review) )

“Fast-paced and charming…Armstrong’s absorbing cultural history offers the first in-depth look at a series that changed television.” (Publishers Weekly )

“This is a wonderful book. It takes us backstage with a keen insight on the writing, directing and casting of one of the best television shows, ever. I didn’t want it to end, any more than I wanted The Mary Tyler Moore Show to end.” (Carol Burnett, author of Carrie and Me )

“I tried to skim this book, but failed miserably, finding I couldn’t put it down. In case you’re wondering how we got from I Love Lucy to Girls, the answer is: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show, stupid!” Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s deft weave of social history and sharp entertainment reporting explains how this revolutionary show made the world safe for Lena Dunham.” (Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls )

“Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted hurt my face. Jennifer Armstrong brought back memories and laughs from one of the best eras in television. She made me stay up all night and by the morning my face hurt from smiling. I forgive her because I enjoyed the book so much.” (Gail Parent, author of Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York )

“Pop-culture gold: a can’t-put-it-down history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the misfit genius women (and men) who made it. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is essential reading if you love The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or TV comedy wizards, or things that are awesome.” (Gavin Edwards, author of ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy )

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