Whim

3rd January 2006

Excerpt from an old Writer’s Almanac:

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield became one of the wildest bohemians in New Zealand. She had affairs with men and women, lived with Aborigines, and published scandalous stories. She moved back to London and lived in the bohemian scene there. At one point, she married a man she barely knew, and left him before the wedding night was over because she couldn’t stand the pink bedspread.

She said, Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare fiddle?