Tickets go on sale this Thursday at noon HERE.
“I knew Henry Miller…I drank at Nepenthe with Henry Miller…and you, Bill Burroughs…are no Henry Miller” (sic)
If it’s one thing we don’t do here at the HML blog, it’s pick fights.
That said, when we say this article comparing Burroughs, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, to Henry Miller, we couldn’t help but think of this classic exchange:
Specifically, the author talks about how folks perceive “Naked Lunch” as a logical extension of Miller’s Tropics….
Money quote 1:
In fact, they are writers of entirely opposite tendency. Miller is an affirmative writer. He preaches incessantly, and his “message,” boiled down to its essentials, is that happiness is attainable by anyone who sheds his responsibilities and lives by impulse, never doing anything that he doesn’t feel exactly like doing at that moment.
The “I” of Henry Miller’s writings, who may or may not bear any close relationship to the author, is a figure who has achieved complete liberation from the hampering ties of daily life, and as a result has broken through into a dimension where existence seems to comprise nothing but epiphanies.”
Money quote 2:
“What is more, Miller has developed a style that is very well fitted for this continual act of celebration. He writes a hurrying, turbulent prose that gives the impression of complete spontaneity, but only the most naive reader will imagine that such prose can be produced without a great deal of hard work.
The rhythms never get out of hand, the pauses are varied with considerable skill, and the words are chosen with great effectiveness. If this is anti-art, it is at least not anti-craft. George Orwell, in his classic essay on Miller (“Inside the Whale,” 1940) declared that Miller’s books “give you an idea of what can still be done, even at this late date, with English prose.”
Read the whole thing including the reader Comment like this:!
An absolutely horrible review by a book critic, who is even more clueless than Bob Dylan’s Mr Jones, just demonstrates how pedestrian the TNR can really be when it comes to insights into the culture.*
* (Ed) The commentor should have at least explained why the writer was pedestrian.
Ping Pong to represent at the the AWP Conference in Seattle, Washington from February 27th-March 1st!
You will also find our submission guidelines, beautiful limited edition posters from our concerts, the latest issues of the journal as well as directions to Ping-Pong and Poetry Crush’s offsite reading on Thursday night!
For more info go here: http://www.marialoveswords.
A long overdue check in with our pals at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library + Robert Weide event there on March 7th!
Forgive us, but we haven’t given a shout-out to our pals over at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in lovely Indianapolis. It’s long overdue.
So for those of you in their neck of the woods, check it out:
Robert Weide — known for producing/directing “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and documentaries of Woody Allen, W.C. Fields and more — is coming to the Vonnegut Library on the 7th. (Tickets here!)
You’ll hear his behind-the-scenes stories and get sneak previews of his next documentary, scheduled for release in 2015 … “Kurt Vonnegut: American Made.”
So why Kurt Vonnegut?
“He is my literary idol,” Weide said. “And I dote on originality. It’s why I’ve made the films I’ve made. Kurt Vonnegut was an original.”
Weide started what he called the “definitive documentary” in 1988 – and he’s been filming ever since. In 1996, Weide took time to write and produce the screen adaptation of one of Vonnegut’s most popular novels, Mother Night, starring Nick Nolte.
All proceeds for the March 7 events will support financing the documentary. Registration and prepayment required.
Has Miller’s reputation “declined” while his influence simultaneously remains “vital?” A long-winded exposition…
Has Miller’s reputation “declined” while his influence simultaneously “remains “vital?”
What are the coolest places in the world to read a book? The Huffington Post weighs in – and controversy ensues!
HML announces a new WORKSHOP! “World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down,” hosted by Christian McEwen, April 6-10, 2014 at the Big Sur Lodge!!
The Henry Miller Memorial Library proudly presents: “World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down,” hosted by author Christian McEwen, April 6-10, 2014 at the Big Sur Lodge.
A unique and acclaimed workshop that teaches participants to slow down and reconnect with their creative spirit in an ever-chaotic world.
Here’s what we can promise you:
* A uniquely structured workshop format that’s part meditation, part artistic retreat (testimonials here) led renowned writer, poet, and teacher Christen McEwen (The Nation, Village Voice, Scottish Poetry Library; bio here.)
* Amazing people (even friends for life!)
* The quiet of the redwood forest at the Big Sur Lodge – a world-famous artist’s retreat.
* A robust and illuminating workshop schedule that includes reading, writing, storytelling, movies, a talk from Sarah Rabkin of UC Santa Cruz, writer & environmentalist, and more! (Full schedule here.)
* Meals, entertainment, cocktail hour, four nights of lodging – and more!
Bottom line: Participants will learn how to find time. Write and draw in your private journal, draft poems, share stories, reconnect to the natural world, turn off your smart phone (we dare you!) and for goodness sakes, slow down!
There could be no better place than the peace and majesty of Big Sur to sink into this medicine for the heart.
For more information including registration fees, click here: http://slowworkshop.wordpress.com/register
Questions? Call the Library at 831-667-2574!
And if you know anyone who could benefit from strengthening or reconnecting with their creative spirit in the most breathtaking place in the world, please send this along!
Thank you – and welcome!
OK, so yesterday we looked, quite literally, at Henry Miller’s LA abode. Creepy.
Now we’ve gotten some Tweets* asking for aerial footage of his house in Big Sur, which is about 8 mile south of us. Sorry but that’s off-limits!
However, as a compromise, today we’ll look at all of Henry’s haunts in Paris. Seems particularly appropriate given the Henry Miller Library’s upcoming Aller Retour Paris festival, celebrating Henry in the heart of the city, from May 4-12, 2014.
And it seems doubly-appropriate since Aller Retour Paris will also feature a super-cool literary walk of the city with Paris expert and Library pal Thirza Vallois on May 6th.
The goods come from the nifty blog Polis, a self-described “collaborative blog about cities around the world.” In this post we see a satellite image of “Miller’s Paris,” based on Brassai’s Henry Miller: The Paris Years, with blue dots signifying dwellings and key places of interest.
“Henry also explored the intersection between Place de Clichy and Porte de Clichy called ‘La Fourche.’ La Fourche! A prophetic name if ever there was one!
Destiny itself must have placed it in the path of the author of the Tropics, and it must have been for his benefit alone that Avenue Clichy branched off from Avenue Saint-Ouen, like two widening thighs.”
Well, here’s how the street corner looks today (right.)
It’s a scintillating read – I felt like I was there, smelling the McDonald’s hamburger smell wafting into the Parisian air (indeed, the Metro shop has a distinct McDonald’s smell to it. Henry’s turning over in his grave.)
Speaking of which – and perhaps most importantly – the author asks an important question that never actually occurred to us: Why the heck wasn’t Miller in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris?”
* Blog-speak for “actually no one actually Tweeted that.”
He actually lived in the “Palisades” (not to be confused with a similarly-named urban refuge 3,000 miles away that also spawned one of my favorite songs; below) and while we have some vague moral issue with showing a satellite image of that house, well, here’s a satellite image of that house.
“Tropic of Cancer” was famously deemed obscene and the case was taken to the Supreme Court in 1963. It was declared “un-obscene” and thereby legal in 1964, and then the floodgates opened.
Following the trial, in 1964–65, other books of Miller’s which had also been banned in the US were published by Grove Press: Black Spring, Tropic of Capricorn, Quiet Days in Clichy, Sexus, Plexus and Nexus.
No wonder he had a pool!
It was here that from 1963, to his death in 1980, Miller played the role of elder statesman/wise man/wise elder statesman who posed with shockingly beautiful women (top right).
Check out our pal Tim Youd in the Clay County Times Democrat out of Arkansas re: his 100 Novels Project!
FOTHMLA!!! Friend of the Henry Miller Library alert!
Check it – it’s the inimitable Tim Youd in the Clay County Times Democrat out of Arkansas. Tim’s in Piggott, AR as part of his “100 Novels Project.”
Over a five-year period, Youd is retyping 100 novels and for the current performance he spent much of the last week in Hemingway’s barn studio.
Tim typed up “Tropic of Capricorn” as part of our Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge festival and will be typing up “Tropic of Cancer” at our Aller Retour Paris in early May!
Youd has also completed works by Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick and Tom Wolfe. “But, I only do novels which were created on a typewriter, so that generally means most of them were written before 1985.”
To complete his effort of Charles Bukowski’s “Post Office” he spent 10 days in July of last year retyping the novel in the bed of a pickup outside the post office in downtown Los Angeles where Bukowski had worked sorting mail for 12 years.
Upcoming performances will include a trip to Lincoln, Neb. to retype Weldon Kees’ “Fall Quarter” on a Remington in March. He’ll also visit Paris later this spring to retype Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer” at the invitation of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, which is located in California.
Read the whole thing here!