Aug 12, 2008 at 5:41 pm 1 comment

Naturally, a profile piece that I found so impressive comes from The New Yorker. It may not just be the writing, though David Grann never leaves me bored (and it’s a very long piece). The story, “The Chameleon,” is about a con artist, who didn’t con for money. He would “become” a fictional child to find love and a belonging, or so the piece suggests. But, as you’ll find it out, he took it a bit far by “accidentally” impersonating a real American teenager, who had gone missing three years earlier. Strangely enough, the family took him in for such a significant time that authorities began to wonder if the family wasn’t purposely trying to believe the con artist in order to hide something. It’s certainly a strange story and a thrilling read. It’s the type of psychological story I love most: a writer who tries to get inside the head of another person who may never be understood. Give yourself a good chunk of time and enjoy!


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  • 1. Christine Welter  |  Oct 16, 2008 at 8:46 pm


    I like your site. I came here because I saw your article on the Holocaust memorial on Suite101.com (I also write for Suite101.com). You might consider another color for your links: gray melts right into black and I was puzzled for a while before I found the link behind “The Chameleon”. I love Berlin… keep on writing about it!



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