Terry Castle

  • Love on the Run

    NO ONE HAS KNOWN what to do about lesbians for a very long time.

    Todd Haynes’s film Carol (2015), an adaptation of crime grande dame Patricia Highsmith’s obscure 1952 lesbian romance, The Price of Salt, while sometimes exquisite, is the latest uneasy-making case in point. The problem is there, too, in the original novel, Highsmith’s gorgeously bipolar fantasy, a cocktail-soaked sapphic wet dream. Not even lesbians, it turns out, know what to do about lesbians. Highsmith wrote The Price of Salt at twenty-nine, after a decade in New York City as a writer for comic books. Always attuned to the