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Con Man

March 19, 2002 5:35 PM

Cinemax is running the documentary, Con Man, about Jim Hogue aka Alexi Santana.

He's "a brilliant imposter who embraced the American art of self-invention, fabricated a spectacular series of fictional identities for himself, and successfully conned his way into Princeton University."

I wish the movie was able to unearth more about why he took on these different identities. There's a big New Yorker piece on Hogue written last year by David Samuels which I'm trying to track down from a friend that happens to adore the New Yorker. Maybe there will be more in there.

From what I could gather, he's exceptionally gifted, and not surprisingly, quite detached from the world around him. And he enjoys screwing with people's minds. Kinda like my favorite character in the history of television: Brenda Chenowith from Six Feet Under.

Jim Hogue. Brenda Chenowith. Royal Tenenbaums.

Is it just me, or has there been an awful lot of stuff lately about exceptionally gifted people totally screwing up their lives?

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