Tag Archives: Henry Miller

patchen: painting poems

by Art Chantry: seemingly forgotten and long overlooked is kenneth patchen. this guy is one of those american originals, a guy who hacked out his own path through the wilderness and just kept hacking away his entire life. people either … Continue reading

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grass roots

Nihilism and anarchism? If, as you read a book, you feel that the author hates you and all the fabric of your life, that his chief purposes in writing are to communicate to you his loathing and his scorn, and … Continue reading

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whose face did he see?

There is a paradox to Henry Miller. The two Tropics books are among the foulest books ever written. Cancer is bad enough, but Capricorn gets worse as it goes on and reached depths of vileness which are really indescribable. Miller’s … Continue reading

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the essential thing is to want to sing

Having read the first few sentences of Tropic of Cancer, you will remember them. Henry Miller can use the language. He writes strong, biting, memorable, vivid prose. Often it is unjust to begin criticizing a book by taking out its … Continue reading

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streaming the villa borghese

When you first start reading Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, it is easy to reach the verdict it was written during a series of lengthy drinking bouts. Could man be drunk for ever With liquor, love, or fights, Lief should … Continue reading

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90 candle kerouac

Jesse Marinoff Reyes: A Happy 90th Birthday remembrance to the Beat Generation icon and one of the great post-war American writers. The impact that Kerouac—and the Beats—had on both American literature and pop culture goes beyond what I can relate … Continue reading

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shafia: pet rats in a skinner box touch his lever

and so it is. Like Freud’s Totem and Taboo, we have an ape man living in groups dominated by an all powerful father who kept all women for his own exclusive sexual use and abuse. Unlimited, buffet style access to … Continue reading

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spearheading

by Jesse Marinoff Reyes (Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.) Spearhead New Directions, 1947 Design: Alvin Lustig Spearhead was an anthology of the best of the New Directions annuals published between 1936-46 and from other sources. It was meant to … Continue reading

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rimbaud: farewell of the damned

He held out for some sort of salvation, but what that was to be, its form, went largely unknown and undefined. The broken home, childhood sexual trauma, abusive parents, addiction. Like Jean Genet, the criminal and outlaw experience informed the … Continue reading

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war and conflict: those pauses that refresh

Its the ultimate kitsch product. Coke. All style and form. No substance. Something with multiple layers of meaning exposing a vast fictionality of the object situated in a space between reality and illusion. Kitsch. Both imitative and its negation, kitsch … Continue reading

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