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.