Hey SoCal Miller Disciples (or lovers of literature.)
We’ve got the perfect Saturday night (June 2nd) date idea.
First the back story. You met a nice gal online, and the algorithm is off the charts. You’re both LA-based vegetarians and recovering Zoroastrians. You put “New Slang” on every mix tape you’ve ever made and you are both amped for the new Wes Anderson flick.
Just one problem: not sure where to go on this ever-important first date.
You’re toying with the Brass Monkey, but after last month’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” debacle, you wanna lay low for a few weeks.
We have an idea!!
We’re talking about the Miller-infused party to commemorate the closing of Tim Youd’s “Coney Island of the Mind” installation at Coagula Cutatorial (977 Chung King Road) in LA!
Check out the Facebook Event thing here.
We’re talking about a Ping Pong tournament and readings from Miller’s seminal works from such luminaries listed below.
So take our word for it: as far as first dates go, we can safely guarantee this’ll lead to date #2. I mean, what gal doesn’t want a literate, sophisticated man in touch with his occasionally-primal sexual desires?
I knew I would (if I were a gal.)
(Here are those aforementioned luminaries:)
Shana Nys Dambrot – celebrated journalist/art critic and curator. Shana will be reading from “Quiet Days in Clichy”.
Oriana Small – retired porn star a/k/a Ashley Blue. Miller’s writing played a role in her first porn experience.
Jessica Hundley – prolific filmmaker and journalist. Author and editor of the best selling survey of Dennis Hopper’s photography. Jessica will be reading from “Sexus””.
Maria Garcia Teutsch – poet, editor of the Henry Miller journal “Ping Pong” and chair of the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. In addition to reading a page 5 of “Tropic of Cancer” of Miller’s Maria will be reading a couple of her own poems about him.
Diana Wagman – author of three novels, including “Spontaneous”, winner of the 2001 USA Pen West Award for fiction, and a produced screenwriter. Diana will read from Anais Nin.
Mat Gleason – gallery owner and host of the event. Will read poet Gerald Locklin on Henry Miller.