Larry Gelbart

Matthew Weiner takes a break from TV and plunges into fiction with 'Heather, the Totality'

Matthew Weiner takes a break from TV and plunges into fiction with 'Heather, the Totality'

One day in the fall of 2015, Matthew Weiner was wandering a rarefied block on the Upper East Side when he saw a construction worker leering at an adolescent girl in a school uniform — “tall and slender and a little knock-kneed” — as she walked into a building under renovation.

“What I really notice,” he says, remembering the event, “is him stare at her in a way that really just makes me sick. ” Now he’s tucked into a booth in the velvety bunker of the restaurant at the Carlyle Hotel, near where he witnessed the troubling encounter. “As I was walking around the corner, I just thought, what if her dad saw that?”

That carnal glance inspired “Heather, the Totality,” the first work...

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