The Existential Clown by James Parker

The Atlantic, December 2008

"Jim Carrey will loom large in our shattered posterity, I believe, because his filmography amounts to a uniquely sustained engagement with the problem of the self. ... How about an insurance salesman who discovers that his whole life is an elaborate fiction created by a malign TV producer?! Or--yeah!--a mendacious lawyer compelled to tell the truth for 24 hours?!"