Los Angeles Times Q&A with Peter Mehlman


Without giving too much away, at one point your main character vandalizes a shop window. What is his rage directed at?

He lives in suburbia and he feels pent up. And to me the level of tact that it takes to get through a day in suburbia is so impressive, it’s amazing. When you’re living in New York City and you see the same person at the elevator every day and you don’t acknowledge their existence, that’s like the peak of civility. But in suburbia, you really have to deal with people, and he hates it.”