Oct 30 2014

Dear Reader,

Let me begin with a meditation: speech is not free, someone has paid the tab for you. This year we mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 overturning by the Supreme Court of an earlier ruling which found the Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller to be obscene. Henry says:

It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, bloodcurdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war whoop! (Tropic of Cancer)

In 1957, Allen Ginsberg’s, Howl would triumph over the censors in yet another landmark case for free speech. Our world is again in a period of censorship, from perhaps the most absurd act being a push to do a kind of color coding of college books in an effort to be “sensitive,” to the more pervasive evil of state censorship. I say, fuck all that. Read More >

Oct 5 2014

Playing Ping Pong with Henry Miller – an illuminating BBC podcast on how Big Sur transformed Miller. (Featuring some of your HML pals!) Henry Miller Memorial Library

Check out this podcast of Kim Addonizio interviewing a number of Henry Miller aficionados about Henry’s life in Big Sur, California. Featuring interviews with Miller’s son Tony, as well as yours truly

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and the executive director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, Magnus Toren. Listen:

Playing Ping Pong with Henry Miller – an illuminating BBC podcast on how Big Sur transformed Miller. (Featuring some of your HML pals!)Henry Miller Memorial Library