Lobster Walking and the Like

‘Almost the only thing that everyone knew about him was the famous, and perhaps apocryphal, story of how he used to go for walks in the parks of Paris taking a live lobster with him on a leash’ (Richard Holmes on Gérard de Nerval)

A live lobster on a leash? How very tame. Eccentricity at its most conservative. Pyetr Turgidovsky used to wander around St. Petersburg with a dead lobster on a chain.

More on writers, animals and leashes later.

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