Henry Miller Memorial Library

Big Sur, California
"Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood."

Enjoy a meal with Henry in… “Dinner with Henry” – the 30 minute film!

“When it comes to Henry Miller, some of the best and most intimate footage of the infamous author has taken place within the comfort of his home.

henry-millerWe’ve seen Tom Schiller’s 1975 documentary from the inside of Miller’s bathroom, and now you can move out into the dining room and enjoy a meal with him in the 30-minute film Dinner With Henry.

“Directed by Richard Young, the rare doc took place when Miller was at the age of 87, a time when his better half was the actress / model Brenda Venus who also appears beside him in the film….

So today, take steal 30-minutes from your Monday and enjoy Dinner With Henry here.

(Thanks to Black Book for the lead)

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Arthur Hoyle returns with another piece on Miller on war in the Huffington Post

“War is much in the news these days, to the great distress of the world. There is not a continent on Earth on which some form of violence is expressing our species capacity for hatred and cruelty. What did Henry Miller think of war and how it could be avoided?

hm_gallery_photo2Miller regarded war as the ultimate expression of anti-life. In the midst of World War Two, at the urging of his devoted follower Bern Porter, Miller wrote a pamphlet titledMurder the Murderer that set forth his position.

Not surprisingly, Miller’s views on war reflect his belief in the inviolability of the individual human conscience, and his condemnation of mass movements. War results because men surrender their individuality to the will of the herd⎯a herd that is manipulated to pursue the interests of a privileged few….”

Read the whole thing HERE!

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Tonight! (Sunday) at the Henry Miller Library – join us for amazing audio under the redwoods courtesy of Radiotopia and Lea Thau, who will be in attendance!

Tonight! (Sunday) at the Henry Miller Library – join us for amazing audio under the redwoods courtesy of Radiotopia and Lea Thau, who will be in attendance! This is a big deal!! Check it:

LeaThau-300x163Lea Thau is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director, and the creator and host of Radiotopia’s Strangers.

She was the Executive and Creative Director of the storytelling organization The Moth from 2001 to 2010, and created the enormously popular Moth podcast, as well as The Moth Radio Hour, for which she won a 2010 Peabody Award as Director, Producer and Co-host.

Thau has worked extensively with hundreds of individuals, one-on-one, to develop their stories, including Ethan Hawke, Margaret Cho, Darryl “DMC” MacDaniels, Marc Maron, Moby, Garrison Keillor, and many, many others. She’s the Director of Story Central.

Door at 8 pm. Free admission (donations appreciated.) Located 25 miles south of Carmel in Big Sur. Questions? Call us! 831-667-2574!

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Check it out! It’s an audio promo for Sunday’s installment of Big Sur Sound and Story, curated by Radiotopia….

Check it out! It’s an audio promo for Sunday’s installment of Big Sur Sound and Story, curated by Radiotopia and its founder, Roman Mars, the man who “started a hushed radio revolution from his closet”!!!!

That’s right: sit back, close your eyes, and listen to incredible audio stories under the redwoods. Bring a layer (and a pillow!)

Doors at 8 pm. Free admission (donations accepted.) This Sunday, July 27th, at the Henry Miller Library, located at 48603 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, just 1/4 mile south of Nepenthe restaurant.

Questions? Call us! 831-667-2574.

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In today’s installment of “Miller books we don’t talk about nearly enough,” it’s…

colossus rites frontMiller’s love letter to Greece, “The Colossus of Maroussi.”

The UK Telegraph recently gave it a shout-out, noting, “Miller’s enthusiastic portrait of Corfu, Crete, Athens and their unforgettable characters, has worn remarkably well since being written in 1940-41.”

We often talk about the Tropics, Oranges, and Black Spring, but not enough about the Colossus. So, who’s read it? What’d you think? Has it indeed “aged well?”

[Oh, and you can also buy it from us directly here.]

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Arthur Hoyle returns with a piece in the Huffington Post on Miller the watercolorist

“Henry Miller was one of those rare artists, like the English Romantic poet William Blake, to have achieved mastery in two media: language and paint.

4125826“Though better known for his novels and essay collections, especially the notorious Tropic of Cancer, Miller was also a skilled and devoted watercolorist who painted throughout his writing career and beyond it. Unlike writing, which Miller considered work, his job, he regarded painting as play, a form of relaxation, a way to refresh and recharge his imagination.

“But watercolor painting also served Miller in a number of practical ways. When short of funds, as he often was, he used his watercolors to barter for services, such as dentistry, and goods, such as household supplies and food. Sales of watercolors at his numerous shows supplemented his slender royalty income from his published books.

“He also gave watercolors to people who had done him favors or sent him unsolicited presents or cash. After his banned Paris books were finally published in the U.S. during the 1960s and ran immediately to the top of the bestseller lists, Miller, on the advice of his tax attorney, used his watercolors to shelter his income by donating them to museums…”

Click here to read the rest of Arthur Hoyle’s recent piece on Miller the watercolorist in the Huffington Post!

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Today (Wed) starts a FIVE-day stretch of fantastic summer fun at the HML!

Today (Wed) starts a FIVE-day stretch of fantastic summer fun at the HML! Check it:BSS&S07.20.14POSTER copy* Wed – Ping Pong Championship! Noon-6 pm.* ThursBig Sur International Short Film Screening Series! Starting at 8 pm.

* Fri – Live music with Desert Center and Mikey Selbicky, 7:30 pm

* Sat – Camp Anastroca! Music, dance, food, and more! 11 am – 11 pm.

* Sun – Jackie Bristow in concert – 3 pm

* Sun nightBig Sur Sound and Story with The Dinner Party Download!! 8 pm

All events except are free  (donations appreciated) except Camp Anastroca. Questions? Call us! 831-667-2574.

Reserve your spot to events by clicking here!

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Today! Two free events at the Library!!

Today! Two free events at the Library: 3-5 pm, it’s a book signing party with our friend Max DeVoe Talley, celebrating the release of his “Yesterday We Forget Tomorrow.”

Then from 6-8 pm, it’s a “Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village” with Welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones, who will be reading some of Thomas’s work!

This means no Sound and Story tonight. But it’ll be back next Sunday with curators the Dinner Party Download, at 8 pm.


Dylan Thomas July 13 copy Max Talley copy

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