By now presumably everyone—or everyone who reads celebrity gossip columns—knows that John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation is distantly based on events that took place in 1983; a teenager, passing himself off as Sidney Poitier's son, imposed on several affluent New Yorkers, pretending to be a friend or classmate of their children, cleaned-out by a mugger and in need of temporary shelter. The success of Guare's play has turned the real con man—whose name happily escapes me—into a celebrity of sorts. A friend of mine tells me that during a recent television...
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