Arnie Pepper is having the worst day of his life. The Pulitzer-prize winning sports columnist for the Washington Post has lived a thrilling, prestigious and (mostly) blameless existence over nearly four decades of rubbing shoulders with athletic royalty at all the most prestigious sporting events of our times. Then one day, within the confines of an impromptu gathering of fellow reporters, he tosses out a characteristic one-liner. Overheard and subsequently posted on social media, his joke goes viral. The ensuing hurricane of condemnation threatens to take his job and reputation, alienate his daughter, and decimate his obsessively observed inner world.
#MeAsWell is the second novel from Peter Mehlman, an essayist, artist, comic, filmmaker, and longtime writer/producer for the iconic television show Seinfeld. At once surreal and too real, laughable and on point, the novel examines the inner and outer turmoil that results when a well-meaning but iconoclastic public figure, having failed to update his cultural operating system, unwittingly runs afoul of the new rules of woke America.
In everyday interactions, and especially in his popular columns, Pepper’s sense of humor has always been his fortune—the gateway to a comfortable life as a journalist and enriching friendships with everyone from Billy Jean King to Barack Obama. An early proponent of Title IX–and a devoted single father of a daughter–Pepper has long been a champion of women’s sport. But now, despite his best intentions, he finds himself in the eye of a media storm that is turning darker and more dangerous, his life threatened by a hilarious retort—or at least it seemed hilarious at the time.
Early Praise for #MeAsWell, A Novel
“Mehlman’s narrative is spirited, political, and both hilarious and sadly reflective of the digital culture that can befriend or betray on a whim. A witty, culturally perceptive dark comedy.”–Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Mehlman's first novel, It Won't Always Be This Great
“It turns out that not only can Peter Mehlman write funny television, he can write a funny book. Who knew?”–Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of Veep and Seinfeld
“Anyone who writes for television gets frustrated that they can’t write like Peter Mehlman. Now he’s going to make novelists mad too. Mehlman’s writing style is completely unique and creates an intimate bond between the narrator and the reader. You finish the book feeling as though you’ve made a new friend.” – Aaron Sorkin, Academy and Emmy-award winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright, whose works include A Few Good Men, The West Wing, The Social Network, and The Newsroom
“Equal parts moral dilemma, subtle social commentary, and journey of self-discovery, Mehlman’s tale of a man forced outside the comfort zone of his ‘respectable, decent, low-impact, relaxed-fit, gluten-free world’ is both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving.” –Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Cosell. From 1985-90, he returned to forming full sentences as a writer for numerous national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire.
In 1989, two years after moving to Los Angeles, he became a writer for the iconic TV show, Seinfeld. Over the eight-year run of the show, Mehlman rose to executive producer and coined such well-known Seinfeld-isms as "Yada Yada," "spongeworthy," "shrinkage," and "double-dipping."
In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created It's Like, You Know...a scathing look at life in Los Angeles. In recent years, he has written screenplays, novels, and humor pieces, many of which were collected in his book, Mandela Was Late. Mehlman has appeared on-camera for TNT Sports and the
Webby-nominated Peter Mehlman's Narrow World of Sports. He's the creator of the lifestyle brand Bravely Oblivious. He lives in Los Angeles.