"James Wolcott" is an American journalist, known for his critique of contemporary media. Wolcott is the cultural critic for Vanity Fair magazine/Vanity Fair and contributes to The New Yorker. He also writes a blog.

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Even the most piddling life is of momentous consequence to its owner.

The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself.

You're sitting there having breakfast at the St. Regis with Scooter Aspen, buttering each other's toast, and somehow the name 'Valerie Flame' pops up in your notebook without you knowing how it got there! It's your handwriting, sure enough, but rack your brain much as you will, you just can't remember which little birdie tweeted that name into your ear.