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Building

“We have no need for genius – genius is dead. We have need for strong hands …” How to start writing? Take a building block and set it down. It is Paris, 1930 perhaps, and a day in the life … Continue reading

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Spiral Form in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer

(Page numbers refer to Henry Miller and Narrative Form: Constructing the Self, Rejecting Modernity by James M Decker. Routledge, 2005) Henry Miller rejected linear narrative, creating instead something he called “spiral form”. (4) “I . . . have chosen to … Continue reading

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Notes on Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer Episode 7: Hopelessness and Endurance

“Everything is endured – disgrace, humiliation, poverty, war, crime, ennui – in the belief that overnight something will occur, a miracle, which will render life tolerable.” Giving up belief in miracles means giving up hope, giving up any reason to … Continue reading

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Henry Miller and Being in the Moment

(Some notes on the text and related thoughts as I read Indrek Männiste’s Henry Miller: The Inhuman Artist Chapter 3. Where I write about Zen I’m recalling – however imperfectly – something from Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. … Continue reading

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Notes on Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer Episode 2: “The Last Book”

These madmen, Henry and Boris, want to write “The Last Book”. It will be the last because it will break everything apart. “Not one of us is intact, and yet we have in us all the continents and the seas … Continue reading

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Notes on Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer Episode 1: “Behind the Word is Chaos”

Quotations are from Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (Harper, 2005) Misfortune Henry Miller is uncomfortable in Boris’s clean, orderly house. Even though the house is spotless, Boris manages to get lice. The cleanliness of the house can’t protect these … Continue reading

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Notes on Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer Episode 11

Sometimes you have some money in your pocket and you feel content and secure. And sometimes you spend that money and fill your belly up with what you desire, and then “you feel empty, disgusted with yourself.” Henry Miller returns … Continue reading

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