Gawker Approaches Self-Awareness poses a poignant question this afternoon:

Just out of curiosity, when one becomes a parody of oneself does it happen immediately, or is it a gradual process that occurs so slowly that one fails to notice until it’s too late, at which point one neither cares nor remembers what having even the vaguest affiliation with anything remotely good or worthy felt like in the first place? Also, what wine goes with intolerable self-smugness?

Unfortunately, it is asking the question about Jay McInerney.

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