Arnie Pepper is having the worst day of his life. The
Pulitzer-prize winning sports columnist for the
Washington Post is has lived a thrilling, prestigious and
(mostly) blameless existence over nearly four decades
of rubbing shoulders with atheletic royalty at the most
pretigious sporting events of out 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 essayrist, 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-meannig but iconoclastic public figure,
having failed to update his cultural operating system,
unwittingly runs afoul of the new rules of woke America.