Saturday, 1 August 2009

Monsieur Ripley, c'est moi!


This enigmatic-looking woman is the writer Patricia Highsmith. She's an important part of my life right now because I'm re-reading her books, the famous being The Talented Mr Ripley. Highsmith has a genius for seamlessly transforming the normal into the psychopathic, good into evil.How does she do it? Yesterday I discovered a clue, a quote from an acquaintance of hers: "She was a mean, hard, cruel, unlovable, unloving person."

Do I care? Of course not. Creative people often "live" more brilliantly, more satisfactorily through their work than they ever do in their lives. And that's what's important.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, that is why she lived alone?

Anonymous said...

chilling, evil is ever just under the surface and can put on a pretty face a la Ted Bundy

Anonymous said...

Great shot of Highsmith...a little bit of Natalie Wood there.

Profoundly Superficial said...

Yes, but more edgy.