Read Little Boxes Online Free - What happens when television is part of your cultural DNA? Twelve writers talk about their influences, and they're more Magnum PI that Marcel Proust. This is cultural criticism from an enthusiast's point of view—taking sitcoms and dramedies and very special episodes seriously, not because they're art, but because they matter to us. Little Boxes is TV writing not as “Why I Loved Parker Lewis Can't Lose” but “What Is Up with Everyone in the 80s Having a Domestic: The Different Strokes/Gimme a Break/Mr. Belvedere/Charles in Charge Story.”
From Edan Lepucki’s “My Monster”:
What I remember: a dead girl wrapped in plastic, and another one half-alive and stumbling along train tracks, her body covered in cuts and bruises, her clothes torn. Letters tweezed from beneath fingernails. The dead girl blue-white like a vein. Her name is Laura Palmer. There’s also a lady cradling a log, and a beautiful woman who knots cherry stems with her tongue. Handsome Agent Cooper with his hair slicked back. The name Peggy Lipton lingering across the screen as the eerie theme song sluices through my veins.
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January 25, 2018
This collection of essays is targeted to a very specific audience that I happen to be a part of- people born in the late 70’s/early 80’s who grew up watching a fair amount of tv. I loved the essay about the Cosby Show and how it was so good then, but feels icky now knowing what we know. Another g...
August 18, 2017
This book builds, despite its brevity. I'm a little emotionally spent by the last three essays. This is of the moment modern and yet deeply nostalgic.
December 19, 2017
Introspective essays that touch on TV's formative influence on the pre-internet generations. I was amused that the only essay about a show that the writer hated was the one about Dawson's Creek. This makes me want to write my own personal essay about TV growing up!
September 28, 2017
I love TV, so I was especially eager to read this book. Overall, it was an uneven reading experience that balanced out at ok.
I'm not sure how much not having watched most of the shows impacted that experience. Maybe I lost interest over the course of the collection because few essays resonated w...
February 21, 2018
I like the idea of essays on television shows. But I was disappointed. Too many strange choices. Too much identity politics.
"Naive Melody" (Northern Exposure) - Elena Passarello: She focuses on the music used in the show.
From the perspective of my small and uninformed life, Northern Exposure wa...
November 01, 2017
I really, really liked this collection of essays about television. Most of the authors were very close to me in age, so they experienced these shows at the same point in their lives as I did, which made it feel like I was reading my own television-watching biography. One author wrote about watchi...
August 09, 2017
Little Boxes is a short read (the full book is about 120 pages, with each essay averaging around 10 pages) that feels much bigger, more expansive, because how expertly it contains the worlds it seeks to explore. If, like me, you haven’t revisited Twin Peaks or Lawndale in a few years, Little Boxe...
November 21, 2017
I would have given this book a 4, but it was uneven. Danielle Evans's piece, which closes out the book, is incredibly strong and moving, but that can't be said for the whole collection.
September 25, 2017
Enjoyed the prism of tv. Some pieces were stronger than others but it may have been my own cultural perspective (and tv watching history)
March 04, 2018
The concept is a good one, but the identity politics and "hipper than thou" ethos undermines it. If nothing else, check out the essay on "Northern Exposure" and the consideration of Cosby after all the revelations.