May 15, 2013 Elisabeth Donnelly I had a more pressing social problem: I did not know how to tell a white lie. I didn’t even have the grace to realize when you should tell a white lie. In my own well-meaning way, I was becoming a bit of an asshole. “I plead the fifth” was my catchphrase. In England. — I wrote a funny essay on modeling and being a well-meaning American asshole in Europe for The Paris Review.