We all have soul toupees!
The best writers absorb them and regurgitate them into the most memorable characters.
Here, in Canada, I think of Alice Munro and Carol Shields as masters of the soul toupee.
BUT, WHAT IS A SOUL TOUPEE, YOU ASK?
In We Learn Nothing, Tim Krieder wrote:
"Years ago a friend of mine and I used to frequent a market in Baltimore where we would eat oysters and drink Very Large Beers from 32-ounce styrofoam cups. One of the regulars there had the worst toupee in the world, a comical little wig taped in place on the top of his head. Looking at this man and drinking our VLBs, we developed the concept of the Soul Toupee. Each of us has a Soul Toupee.
The Soul Toupee is that thing about ourselves. . .