Constructing a self is my job description. I've always thought of that as the stage machinery of the column, the part you're not supposed to see. Of course, "Jon Carroll" is different from Jon Carroll. "Jon Carroll" is a constructed persona. He's a lot like me in some ways, because it's impossible to create characters out of thin air, but he's still a character. He's more genial than I am, and he doesn't think about sex nearly as much as I do. All the autobiographical "I's" are characters, because art is not life.
-- Jon Carroll (or is that "Jon Carroll"?)