Tag: Highsmith, Patricia

The Distinctly American Ethos of the Grifter

EVERY AGE HAS its defining minor characters, those who briefly light up the public’s imagination not for their achievements but for how they personify our anxieties and most fervent human desires. Consider the half-Chinese, half-Malay Princess Caraboo, who in 1817 was kidnapped by pirates from her native island of Javasu in the Indian Ocean and […]

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