Commenter landru observes of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner (a long-time iSteve favorite for his comic lack of self-awareness):
Weiner’s new book was inspired by the look he saw a construction worker give a fifteen year old girl in NY. When successful tv show producers ogle “pretty…innocent looking” fifteen-year-olds, that’s just them doing their job. You know, observing and eavesdropping. But when nasty construction workers do the same thing, that’s just terrifying:
Weiner is like Larry David with no sense of humor.
Heather, The Totality is a slim novel that begins simply, introducing readers to a perfectly pleasant though unremarkable couple, Mark and Karen Breakstone. They live in one of the well-appointed apartment buildings near the Carlyle Hotel — and Weiner suggested we go for a walk in the neighborhood that inspired the book.
“You know, so much of my life as a writer is made out of observing and eavesdropping,” he tells me as we walk along. “And I was just walking and I happened to go down a street and walked by this building. And before I walked by the building, I saw this girl.”
She was a young girl, Weiner says, about 15, very pretty, kind of innocent looking. A construction worker was standing nearby, he says, “and I sort of saw her walk into the building, and right at the moment this guy looked at her, and it really turned my stomach. It made me scared.” Weiner describes the look as “something between sexual and homicidal at the same time. And I just felt like, that girl is not safe in that building. It was not a construction worker leering at a woman — not that that’s OK, but that’s not what it was — it was something scarier, and she was completely oblivious.”
There’s a whole terrifying world out there of Catholic construction workers named Bobby invading from New Jersey five days per week to prey on the beautiful 15-year-old girls of Manhattan. If the Matthew Weiners don’t take a stand to protect their Upper East Side womenfolk from the marauding Bridge & Tunnel People, who will?
When you stop and think about it, James Toback was a hero for inviting all those tens of thousands of Upper West Side girls back to his room at the Harvard Club. At least he was trying to keep them away from the Mook Menace.