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Ex-'Seinfeld' Writer on New Novel and Favorite George Costanza Moments

11 September 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Here's a book that's not about nothing. Former Seinfeld writer and co-executive producer Peter Mehlman released his first novel, It Won't Always Be This Great, on Monday. The novel's tale, narrated by a Jewish podiatrist living in New York, begins with an uncharacteristic act of vandalism, and spirals out of control from there. There's a false arrest, flirtations with an attractive young patient and the looming threat of the narrator being found out. And while Mehlman says Seinfeld didn't inspire the novel any more than any of the many other parts of his life, there's plenty of neurotic humor for

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Talking to the Seinfeld Writer Behind ‘Yada Yada Yada’ and ‘Double-Dipping’

2 July 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

All week, Vulture has been celebrating Seinfeld, which celebrates its 25th anniversary on July 5. Today, we talk to longtime Seinfeld writer and producer Peter Mehlman about the unique way the show was putu together. (Unlike most shows, there was no writers' room — each person wrote the episodes he thought of.) In addition to writing such classic episodes as "The Smelly Car," "The Hamptons," and "The Sponge," Mehlman — whose first novel will be published in September — created some of the show's most iconic catchphrases, including "shrinkage," "double-dip," and "yada yada." Here, he talks about what type of jokes Larry David liked more than Jerry Seinfeld, and getting yada-yada'd by strangers. I was wondering if you could walk me through the process of writing a Seinfeld episode.First, you come up with an idea — well, you really need to come up with four ideas, or three, because you have to »

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