“The first person you should think of pleasing, in writing a book, is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publisher and the readers can and will come later.”
— Patricia Highsmith, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction (via belle-rowley)
“The justice I have received, I shall give back.”
— Patricia Highsmith, The Glass Cell (via journalofanobody)

Make Up

Lou Reed — Transformer




Make Up//Lou Reed

You’re a slick little girl, oh, you’re such a slick little girl

Patricia Highsmith’s favorite Lou Reed song, according to biographer Joan Schenkar. Quoted in The Boy Who Followed Ripley.

“He thought suddenly of Ina, and the thought caused a throb in his body, making Ina strangely more real than she had been since he got to Europe, or Africa. He could see Ina in her office in New York now. It would be noonish. She would be reaching for a pencil, or a sheet of typewriter paper. If she had a lunch date, she would be a little late for it.”
The Tremor of Forgery (1969), by Patricia Highsmith

Clues: A Journal of Detection is currently seeking previously unpublished papers about how Highsmith’s work can both illuminate and challenge established assumptions concerning both crime and literary fiction.

Deadline for proposals is 31 May 2014.


"Switzerland" to be performed at Los Angeles Geffen Playhouse

This play will also be performed at The Sydney Theatre Company at the end of this year. I posted about that here.


March 3 - April 12, 2015
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Written by Joanna Murray-Smith

Patricia Highsmith, master of the macabre, is racing to finish her novel when an attractive young man arrives representing her impatient publisher. Anxious to be rid of him and return to self-imposed exile, she attempts to terrorize him into fleeing. But he has a dark agenda of his own and will not leave until the final chapter is written.

In this new Geffen Playhouse commission, Joanna Murray-Smith (The Female of the Species), with her unique brand of humor and mystery, brings to life this literary giant best known for Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

A Geffen Playhouse commission funded by the Edgerton Foundation.