I defied nothing at all. I ignored the law because I didn’t know it existed. It didn’t occur to me that anyone would want to curb my inspiration.
Margaret Anderson (1886–1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).
For several months in the teens of the century, Anderson and a small entourage connected with The Little Review (1914–1929), an important but unremunerative arts magazine that she had founded, set up five tents on a public beach along Lake Michigan north of Chicago. They could not afford rent and had dedicated themselves to spending what little money they had on publishing the magazine. Upon its being pointed out to her later that she had “defied the law” by living on the beach, she said this.