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Clues: A Journal of Detection is currently seeking previously unpublished papers about how Highsmith’s work can both illuminate and challenge established assumptions concerning both crime and literary fiction.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


I was very excited to receive an email from Elisabeth/linksschreibung who sent me a set of Patricia Highsmith photos and translated the captions. 

She wrote:

The pictures can be found in a book called Über Patricia Highsmith by Franz Cavigelli from 1980. I found it in the library of the University of Salzburg, Austria. It’s a mixture of interviews, some reviews PH wrote about fellow authors and essays about PH’s works. In the back there is a section containing about 20 photos PH selected herself and commented on. 

I’ll be putting up the scans over several weeks. Great set of photos, so stay tuned!  Again, thanks very much to Elisabeth for sharing these with us PH fans!