New Book Examines “The Golden Girls” in Pop Culture | Life

fayetteville – If you’ve ever watched an episode of “The Golden Girls” and scratched your head at one of the many pop culture jokes dated to the 1980s, a new book by West Virginia author Matt Browning provides the answers. Browning will be signing copies of the Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide at Wild Art Wonderful Things on “Small Business Saturday,” November 27, from noon to 2 pm.

Meticulously researched episode by episode, The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide is a revealing and enlightening encyclopedia of “the who, the how and the ha!” »Hundreds of topical jokes from the 180 episodes of the series.

From Joe Isuzu to Socrates, Alan Alda to Shinola, Martha Raye to Madge and Ishtar to Tattletales, Golden Girls fans will finally say, “Oh, now I get it!”

“I’ve been watching The Golden Girls since its release, and in many ways it’s timeless, but there are so many references to people, places and events from then that really ground it in its 1980s era. -1990. ”Says Browning.

“This book is meant to serve as a guide so that viewers can follow and understand these dated jokes as they were meant to be understood,” he added.

The book is structured episode by episode, with dialogue snippets to provide context for the reference, followed by an explanation. An alphabetical index is also included.

The book was released on September 15 by Lyons Press, a Rowman & Littlefield brand.

It costs $ 24.95.

Browning is a longtime Golden Girls fan and creator of, dedicated to The Golden Girls spinoff series Empty Nest. Based in Charleston, West Virginia, he spent a month in Fayetteville in December 2019 as a Creative-in-Residence at Lafayette Flats.

He is represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide is her third book.

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Wild Art Wonderful Things is located at 162 S. Court Street in Fayetteville.

James C. Tibbs