38 years later, Carly Simon reveals who "You're So Vain" was about. (Link fixed now. Sorry!)
Or maybe not.
Jessica Pressler at New York is deeply disappointed.
The worst of it is, by making this callous — nay, vain — decision to reveal this information in order to score some cheap publicity instead of taking it to her grave like we will the name of the fourth person we ever had sex with, Simon has taken away another one of a rapidly dwindling pool of Great American mysteries. We know that Mark Felt was Deep Throat, that the Skull and Bones society is just a bunch of drunk college kids, that Goldman Sachs is powered by a pair of nuclear testicles, and no one even cares anymore about who killed Jimmy Hoffa. And now we know this: One of the world's greatest love songs of the past century was written about the gay guy who backed Bill Clinton and Cats. Thanks a lot, Carly.