By Chaz Lipp
Vince Gilligan has proven the viability of Saul Goodman, Walter White’s ever-scheming lawyer in Breaking Bad, as a lead character. The maiden season of AMC’s Better Call Saul focuses on the origins of Gilligan’s memorable character, played by Bob Odenkirk with Emmy-worthy depth and complexity. HarperCollins recently issued a compact hardcover book dedicated to all things Saul-related: Better Call Saul: The World According to Saul Goodman.
Loaded with photos (from Breaking Bad; this was published prior to the show Better Call Saul premiering) and funny “advertisements” for Goodman’s practice, the book is an entertaining look at the character’s world view. While it certainly classifies as ‘light reading,’ this is not just a picture book. Among its 128 pages, author David Stubbs waxes philosophical about all aspects of Saul Goodman’s life and the colorful people who inhabit it.
No stone is left unturned, with chapters dedicated to Saul’s style (“Comfortable in My Wingtips”), Saul’s business partners, including the irreplaceable Mike Ehrmantraut (“My A-Team”), plus topics like dealing with difficult clients (“Anal Polyps”). It’s all tongue-in-cheek, but it’s a fun way to revisit all the elements that made Saul Goodman the very definition of a classic supporting character. The analysis is fluffy, but it makes Better Call Saul a mini-coffee table book (think of it as a TV-tray book!) that lends itself to casual reading.
It’s well-timed for those of us jonesing for season two of Better Call Saul. If you love that show, or of course Breaking Bad, snag a copy.