|Transparent Things (1972) p.18|
A popular hashtag on Instagram is #whatsinyourbag. For some reason, it can be fascinating to view the contents of a stranger's bags. And writers may find it very interesting to read about the contents of a Russian novelist's knapsack:
- rough drafts of letters
- an unfinished short story in a Russian copybook
- parts of a philosophical essay in a blue cahier purchased in Geneva
- loose sheets of a rudimentary novel temporarily titled Faust in Moscow
- portable ink
Person is the protagonist in Nabokov's Transparent Things. A quean took Person to a room in a "hideous old roominghouse" where the Russian novelist "[...] sojourned on his way to Italy."
So, what's in your (writer's) bag?