The deadline for applying to be an archives intern at the Henry Miller Library is drawing rapidly nearer.
If you are a student in need of easily the most awesome summer job in the world, read on. If you have a younger cousin who doesn’t quite know how to fill that summer between their semesters, read on.
If you are interested in helping the library out by finding someone who foots the bill, read on.
You can find out more information from a pdf available. Please submit your cover letter and resume to email@example.com before April 15, 2011.
In the meantime, take a second to read this testimonial by last year’s intern, David Kauffman, who we love dearly and miss tremendously here at the library. He was a dry guy – in the best sense – and is the author of this budget travel in India book.
David, if you’re reading this, please come back to us – we need you.
(OK, so now the rest of the blog is David speaking):
I first came to the HML on a thoroughly wet and soggy day in December. Standing under the drippy redwoods, surrounded by so many wonderful books, I knew that I needed to find a way to come back. I signed on to spend the summer helping the library upgrade the electronic collection. This included making an accurate and reliable database along with scans of every document in the archive.
Pretty much every aspect of being at the library was wonderful:
• Big Sur is spectacular
• The Pacific Ocean is mere steps away
• The people at the library are awesome
• Living in a tent under the redwoods can’t be beat
• Every couple of nights there is some amazing concert or film event
• All day long interesting people stop by to browse and take in the setting
• There is tons of ping-pong to be played whenever the mood strikes
• You’re surrounded by more books than you know what to do with
For me the small closet in the library annex was a mini-Mecca, the actual letters and papers that made a straight line from Miller to the books he wrote to the flashes of bliss and transcendence that those pages brought into my own life.
Every single time I opened the door to the archive my palms got sweaty because I knew that whichever green box I happened to pull down from the shelf that day was going to be filled with some kind of treasure – a letter from Henry to Emil written on the back of a Paris restaurant menu; Henry’s original outline to Tropic of Capricorn; notes written from Cockroach Hall in the Bronx where he was living with June; pages from the rough draft of Black Spring.
I left Big Sur at the end of the summer happy for so many reasons and I feel very fortunate that I had the chance to be a part of things at the Henry Miller Library even for a little while and that I was able to contribute in some way to perpetuating Henry’s song to the world, which Erica Jong said better than I can:
“Henry’s ‘message’ was the message of all Zen masters and mystics: that there is no stability, only flux. Henry’s very message is that life is formless, and that creativity partakes of the divine chaos.”
- The Devil at Large: Erica Jong on Henry Miller