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    Much like the infant who fell from the sky into small-town America, Superman simply dropped into the orbit of Seinfeld. Contrary to rumor, it was never planned to make the Man of Steel a recurring theme, and the writing staff, on which I worked for six seasons, never got an edict …

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    There are just shy of twelve million valid reasons for quitting Facebook, but my path began with its suggestion that I befriend Christy Turlington. Knee-jerk-wise, friendship with Ms. Turlington seemed like a killer idea. Imagine: Menlo Park chose me, a private citizen with average cheekbones, to socialize with the number …

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    In the heated Los Angeles mayoral race, candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are heavily targeting unions, special interests, minorities and the like — especially the like, a bloc of voters most notable for their displeasure over the spelling of the name “Greuel.” Here are campaign promises with which the …

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    Someone suggested making a novel of my screenplay that started out as this sitcom idea: Sigmund Freud is reincarnated as a co-ed in rural Alabama. She remembers her past life as miserable, wants no part of psychology in this life but can’t help talking depressed students off ledges….  

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    My reasons for checking out of network TV and checking back in six years later were based on … something. When your mind is a mid-level executive in your own life, you go with gut instincts despite knowing that guts, whatever they are, don’t really have instincts…

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    In the ‘90s, Hollywood gave me a conflicting, recurrent tip: “Write what you know.” Between Rose Mehlman and Hollywood, someone was right, and someone was wrong. In order to decide, all we have is track record…  

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    In Los Angeles, a self-made mogul sat poolside the morning after hosting his daughter’s wedding in a hotel ballroom his wife had redecorated for the event. From rooms he paid for, out-of-town wedding guests drifted down to the pool and asked how a pop legend wound up performing at the …

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    There is no city on Earth that makes rationalization more difficult than Los Angeles…

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    Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the 19 murders allegedly committed by James “Whitey” Bulger is that he performed the killings himself. For many Americans and a handful of Swedes, this self-reliant brand of homicide harkens back to a simpler, more disgusting time…

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    In 1967, football jerseys were a teen fad in New York City High Schools. The world was decades away from maniacal sports marketing so the jerseys were bloodless: no team logo, no team colors, no superstar stranger’s name along the upper back. Just white jerseys with striped shoulders and a …

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    I went in wanting to do the right thing, but after three days of wasted time, I was ready to go over the wall…

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    When I was in third grade, the famed surgeon touched my life; he still does…

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    The Grammys: that is one happy awards show. And why shouldn’t it be? Everybody wins. The Grammys is the giving-est, handing outing-est award show in the history of the world. Over the last forty years, if you can name the musician, you can be pretty sure they’ve not only won …

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    High gas prices, over-scheduled airlines, and a dollar dropping in value overseas are causing a lot of folks to worry about where they’ll vacation this year. But all that seems benign to our contributor Peter Mehlman. The former Seinfeld writer has larger fears. Listen HERE.

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    On trips back to New York, I visit a street sign outside my old apartment on East 63rd Street near First Avenue. “Unnecessary Noise Prohibited.” It’s my sign, my permanent (whatever that means) contribution (whatever that means) to the city…

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    Around here, you gotta love what you drive…

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    CBS has a show called “Numb3rs.” It tracks and FBI agent who uses his math-genius brother to unravel patterns in criminal behavior…

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    He came up with a few theories and coasted for life. He’d never cut it today…

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    Feeling a bit depressed? Essayist Peter Mehlman says everyone is — and he’s racking his brain to explain why. Listen HERE.

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    Santa Monica, Calif. — Not to cast aspersions but, with all the furor over performance-enhancing drugs, it’s remarkable that Philip Roth’s name hasn’t surfaced. Just last week Rafael Palmeiro avoided perjury charges, but his career achievements have been irreparably tarnished. Not so Roth. In fact, since turning 60, an age …

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    This just in. In a shocking announcement made in our NPR studios here in Los Angeles, the former sportswriter and writer for “Seinfeld” Peter Mehlman says he’s announcing his retirement as a sports fan. Back now to the press conference. Read HERE.

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    Spent afternoon lolling around the DreamWorks animation campus in Glendale, Calif. The place is like Berkeley, warm and full-blooded with youth and grass and dreamy. “Mehlman!” Wheel around: It’s Jonathan Berry, junior member of the three heads of…

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    After years of writing for Seinfeld, how hard could life be? Well, there’s the fear of swallowing your tongue…

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    Interview with PETER MEHLMAN on NPR. Listen HERE.

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