From Blog to Book, Alphabet City is now available for purchase in print or e-book form. Support a hilarious emerging voice!
Moving from Dallas to Manhattan in his late 20s, Jon Paul Buchmeyer fancied himself a gay Mary Tyler Moore starring in a sitcom of his life that he called Alphabet City. In this humorous entertainment industry memoir, a series of publicity jobs created madcap storylines, including a mishap with Whoopi Goldberg’s Oscar, a mistaken identity as Tyra Banks’ Turkish boy-toy, and finishing school lessons in the gossipy halls of Condé Nast. But unlike snarky tell-alls, Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life maintains a Texas-sized optimistic spirit about life in the Big Apple, with guest appearances from Cameron Diaz, Gloria Estefan, Teri Hatcher, Derek Jeter, Ashley Judd, Rosie O’Donnell, Graham Norton, and Vanessa Williams. Following Jon Paul’s journey from naive Southerner to wizened New Yorker, Alphabet City combines the glamour of Sex and the City with the warmth of Tales of the City, and has a broad appeal tapping into America’s fascination with the world of celebrities. In the end, just like Mary, Jon Paul discovers he’s going to make it after all.
Instead of chapters, Alphabet City has “episodes”—just like a sitcom, many of which have been previewed on this blog. Sample some of my favorite chapters:
Episode 1: It Is Heavy — my hilarious antics with Whoopi’s Oscar.
Episode 4: And Nothing But the Truth — Tyra’s debut as a guest star in my sitcom life
Episode 11: Bold Faced Names — go behind-the-scenes at publishing giant Condé Nast.
Episode 13: Happy Soul — meeting my boyfriend on Gay.com thanks to a clever screen name!
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For more behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive video, explore the links below.
Episodes 1-9: The Celebrity Years including links to excerpts about Whoopi, Tyra, Teri Hatcher and Gloria Estefan!
Episodes 10-17: The Condé Years including links to excerpts about Boy George and Graham Norton.