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  • Any good story gets a little better every time it's told over, everybody knows that. A little something is added, unnecessary details are being sacrificed to give room for another catchy phrase. Everybody knows. No one would call it a lie, it's just an enjoyable story, well told. On the other hand, when you present a picture of yourself that may be just a tad glossy -- say, on Facebook, for instance, or on Cowbird, for that matter, it may very well be classified as a misrepresentation.

    I once read an interview with the photographer Richard Avedon. He said that his family, who in reality were quite poor, would always stage themselves for photography, dressing up in fancy clothing, posing in front of posh cars and stately houses, often with borrowed dogs. It seemed to be a necessary fiction that the Avedon family owned a dog. In one album alone I counted eleven different dogs. All the photos in our family albums were built on a kind of lie about who we were, and at the same time, they revealed a truth about who we wanted to be.

    I like that. In fact, I wish we would all do a little more of that, add a little colour to the story of our lives, stage ourselves, be whoever we want to be, even if only in our (tall) tales or photo albums. Why shouldn't we? Who will it hurt? If it's in you, if you have an idea about who you'd like to be, and if you want others to believe in it, bring it out, with bells on. Add a wig. Why not?
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