Highsmith exhibit in Switzerland

Maybe the new Swiss exhibit on the secret life of Patricia Highsmith will travel to the States eventually.

For now, though, I’m consoling myself by watching the associated video about, among other things, Highsmith’s affection for snails. She kept them as pets, took walks with them, and once “opened a huge handbag at a cocktail party to show a horde of the creatures getting their strength up on a lettuce.” (Via.

Update: Katharine Weber writes in to add: “According to the superb Highsmith biogaphy, she traveled with those snails in her bra.” And Hissy Cat praises Highsmith’s The Price of Salt.


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