The Fears of a Clown

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?!"

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is The Atlantic's digital features editor. More

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, an Atlantic senior editor, began her association with the magazine in 2002, shortly after graduating from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the staff full time in January 2006. Before coming to The Atlantic, Jennie was senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

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