If you passed through the lobby of the Chelsea Sunday evening and saw a tall, raven-haired woman, dressed in a white tee shirt, white petticoat skirt, white tights and silver Mary Janes rapidly banging on the keyboard of a portable typewriter you may have thought to yourself, is the hotel paying her to create atmosphere. The answer is no. Swedish novelist Sara Stridsberg, the author of a soon to be released novel based on the life of Valerie Solanas was passing through the Chelsea on the last leg of a tour that had included Atlantic City, New Jersey where Valerie grew up, Florida where she spent time in a mental institution, and San Francisco where she died in a Tenderloin District flophouse. So, her travel companion was hanging in the lobby channelling Valerie and re-typing The Scum Manifesto.
Sara's novel based on Solanas' life will be released in Sweden in January.