- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (February 28, 2017)
- Language: English
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"Many of the chapter lessons may be familiar . . . but they are accompanied by engaging episodic parables from the five-season series, whose stories of fantasy and science-fiction, mostly dramatic but often leavened with humor, still wear well today." -- USA Today
"Dawidziak draws readers in with a friendly tone that's inviting even to the uninitiated . . . The point is proved easily enough: The Twilight Zone deserves its immortal status not only for its artistry but for its timeless life lessons." -- Publishers Weekly
"For The Twilight Zone fans, Everything I Need to Know' is an absolute treasure trove of bite-sized analyses of favorite episodes and situations . . . Rod Serling would be proud." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Everything I Need to Know is a breezy, relatable account . . . Readers of his book are likely to be struck by the timelessness of several of the Twilight Zone episodes he cites, particularly those that deal with stereotyping, paranoia and fear of others." -- Detroit Free Press
"Where does one go to learn life lessons? Where else but The Twilight Zone, says Mark Dawidziak in his immensely entertaining book Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life. -- KUVO, 89.3 FM Denver
"What makes Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone even more fun to read is Dawidziak's wry sense of humor. -- tvworthwatching.com
"Dawidziak has hit upon a unique and fresh approach to looking at Serling and The Twilight Zone. His answer to the quandary of 'What else can possibly said?' has been staring us in the face for nearly 60 years . . . It has taken a gifted and talented writer like Mark to point out what shoudl have been evident all along." -- Scary Monsters Magazine
About the Author
Mark Dawidziak has been a theater, film and television critic for more than thirty-five years. He has been the TV critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer since July of 1999. His many books include the horror novel Grave Secrets, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, the literary biography Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler (with Paul J. Bauer) and two acclaimed histories of landmark TV series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook and The Night Stalker Companion. A member of the editorial board of Rod Serling Books, he penned the foreword to the 2015 reissue of Rod Serling’s first book, Patterns. He has edited three collections of works by Twilight Zone contributor Richard Matheson. His many books on Mark Twain include Mark My Words: Mark Twain On Writing, Horton Foote’s The Shape of the River: The Lost Teleplay About Mark Twain, Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness, Mark Twain in Ohio, and Mark Twain for Cat Lovers. A recognized Mark Twain scholar, he has been playing the great American writer on stage for more than thirty-five years. Dawidziak and his wife, actress Sara Showman, founded the Largely Literary Theater Company in 2002 to promote literacy, literature, and live theater. Their repertoire includes: Twain By Two; The Tell-Tale Play, a two-act collection of poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe; and Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War. A journalism graduate of George Washington University and an adjunct professor at Kent State University, he was born in Huntington, New York. He lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with his wife and their daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Claire.
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Author Mark Dawidziak has proven just how gifted Red Serling was in understanding the human mind. Anyone who reads this book will undoubtedly see themselves in it. Do yourself a favor and buy the book. I'm sure you will find it to be beneficial.
Right from the get go, it's made clear that this isn't an episode guide or some comprehensive tell-all book about the making of the show (for that, see "The Twilight Zone Companion"). Because of this, the only tiny critisizm I can give is that you sort of need to have a fairly strong knowledge of the show and most of the episodes to fully appreciate it. This was written by fans, for fans, and what it does instead is evaluate a large chunk of the episodes and picks them apart--uncovering a plethora of symbolism, morals, and meanings behind the fantasy elements, and tying them all together into an organized, easy to swallow list of 50 lessons that everyone should take to heart.
Some are obvious, like "don't cry wolf", "don't judge a book by its cover", and "don't be greedy". Others are a bit more far-reaching, like "it's never too late to reinvent yourself", and "recognize the angels around you". Each lesson has an episode example to go with it. And while some lessons have multiple episodes to credit, other episodes have multiple lessons within them. Seeing the show annalized and compared in such a way then made me realize just the full scale of how much goodness was packed into every half hour--some morals of which I never even thought about or came to the conclusion of until they were pointed out. And while we all like to think that the world's changed since the 60s (and in many ways, it has), there's plenty more that, for better or worse, has stayed the same.
In short, this book is a must read for any fan of The Twilight Zone, both hard core and casual, and serves as a great sister piece to "The Twilight Zone Companion". And while said novel may have examined the show's mind and body, this one seeks to celebrate its soul, and the hearts it hoped to enlighten and change. A bit of a stretch to say? Maybe. But it highlights the show's biggest lesson of all--anything is possible with a little imagination.
deep-down. What the series creator Rod Serling gave us was a thinking-man's speculative fiction that challenges the psyche of the viewer~
here EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE slaps the varnish upon that classic storytelling for what it truly
tried to "teach" us back in the 1960s (as well as now). Dawidziak writes in an entertaining manner with comic wit as well as real-world
-applicable critiques of Serling's lessons that showed on supper time television over 50 years ago. Every fan of the Twilight Zone needs
to read this one for a special insight into what those episodes entailed, something you may just have missed! AND as a former "Joey Crown" myself, I couldn't agree more with Mark Dawidziak's assessment of those classic tales and the life-improving lessons contained therein.