Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone

Mark Dawidziak. Thomas Dunne, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-08237-4
Dawidziak (The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Dracula) combs through one of television’s most beloved series in this tongue-in-cheek self-help book. The loving tribute encompasses nearly two-thirds of the original Twilight Zone episodes in the course of its 50 short essays, lightly analyzing a vast swath of “moralist in disguise” Rod Serling’s work (as well as that of his writing team). Making references to the online gaming site Pogo, It’s a Wonderful Life, and his own personal life, Dawidziak draws readers in with a friendly tone that’s inviting even to the uninitiated. His survey is by no means comprehensive, but it doesn’t need to be. The point is proved easily enough: The Twilight Zone deserves its immortal status not only for its artistry but for its timeless life lessons. The book includes a touching foreword by Anne Serling, Rod Serling’s daughter, and “guest lessons” by legends such as Harlan Ellison, Mel Brooks, and Dick Van Dyke. B&w photos. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/23/2017
Release date: 02/28/2017
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