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“How to write a love letter like Henry Miller,” proposing by text message, and more Valentine’s Day ruminations

Were we to play a word association game and I said “Henry Miller,” odds are you wouldn’t respond with “helpless romantic.”

The fact is that Miller is known for many complex dimensions of the human psyche, but “pure unadulterated romantic love” isn’t one of them.  Right?  (I dunno actually.)

Regardless, this bloggy is a nice read.  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it urges you to “Write a Love Letter Like a Writer: Henry Miller and Anais Nin.”

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Miller: “So I said, ‘You FOOL! Exchange-traded derivative contracts are those derivatives instruments that are traded via SPECIALIZED derivatives exchanges or other exchanges whereas derivatives exchange is a market where individuals trade STANDARDIZED contracts that have been defined by the exchange!!!”

For example, here’s what Henry wrote to Anais back in 1932:

“I could scarcely talk to you because I was continually on the verge of getting up and throwing my arms around you.”

And here’s what Anais responded with:

“Everyone else seems to have the brakes on… I never feel the brakes. I overflow. And when I feel your excitement about life flaring, next to mine, then it makes me dizzy.”

Umm…GAR (Get a Room) kids!

So anyway, it’s a fun read in which the author extracts key lessons for effective love letter writing (e.g. “own your awkwardness.”)

It’s also a thing of anachronistic beauty as no one writers love letters anymore, what with the texting and chat rooms.  (Speaking of which, did you see how the perpetually-dour Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler proposed to reality star Kristen Cavillarri via text?  Awww…)

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

(Oh, and the greatest love letter ever was penned by Lou Reed.  Discuss.)


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