Friday, March 13, 2015

In Her Own Voice :Audio Invite to Anais Nin Influence Event March 29 2015, West Hollywood

Pacific Radio  Archives has done a mesmerizing audio invitation to this event

                                              Here is a link to the FB event page

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Daisy Aldan: Daisy Day

"Yesterday was a sad day. Today is a daisy day"
                                                       Gertrude Stein

Valerie Harms just sent on this information about Daisy Aldan.

ALDAN-Daisy. Poet, Actress, Editor, Publisher and Translator, died Monday at Kateri Residence in New York City. She was 82. Ms. Aldan is survived by a brother, Perry, of Delray Beach, Florida and sister-in-law, Etta Finfer, of Los Angeles, California. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 2nd at 12:30 PM with a viewing at 11AM at the Christian Community Church, 309 West 74th Street, New York, NY. Viewing will also be at the Gannon Funeral Home, 152 East 28th Street, New York, NY on Thursday from 7PM to 9PM.

Daisy Aldan died a couple of days after Anais's birthday.. A  treasured New York friend of Anais, readers of this site can read her  chapter in the book Celebration  (Magic Circle Press: Valerie Harms and Adele Aldridge) available on our site.

Although today is a sad day hearing about her death, this writer remembers fondly many daisy days with Aldan. Meeting her at Rye, New York and having a wonderful correspondence with her for a number of years. 

More information on this daisy day woman can be found on Sky Blue Press in a Paul Herron's Official Anais Nin Blog post entitled: Anais Nin's Artistic Associations: Daisy Aldan.

Other Sky Blue Press Offerings can be found below:

Collected Poems of Daisy Aldan
Daisy Aldan's Poem for Anais Nin.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Art and Brain Pickings : From The Archives Anais's Birthday Week Continues

Happy Birthday, Anaïs Nin: The Famous Diarist on        Love and Life, Illustrated


This is an amazing blog that those who still wish to celebrate Anais Nin's birthday week should visit this posting celebrating Anais's 112th birthday. And check out the art pickings on Brain Pickings!

San-Francisco-based illustrator Lisa Congdon

Or follow Maria Popova @brainpicker

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Anais! West Hollywood Celebration March 28

Today Anais Nin would be 112. It is difficult to believe that it was seven years ago that Steven Reigns produced the wildly successful and sold out  Anais@105 celebration at the Carl Hammer Gallery at UCLA.

This month, Reigns has organized another celebration in her honor. Entitled Anais Nin: The Women She Influenced. The event, will be held March 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm at The West Hollywood Library Council Chambers. Female writers will read from their books and discuss their personal relationships with Anais Nin and her everlasting influence.. Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood's Woman History Month program, speakers will include Barbara Kraft, Tristine Rainer, Valerie Harms and Sas Colby.
Council Chambers
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood CA 90069
between Melrose Ave and Santa Monica Blvd
Library website with public transportation directions;

We would like to celebrate Anais's Birthday with a  portion of a poem of Steven Reigns from the book of poems entitled Divining Divas :100 Gay Poets on Their Muses by Michael Montlack.
The poem is entitled:

And so in a moment like this as I shake hands with the salesman, haggle on price, I don't know what to do. I've modeled my life on her words, her account of what happened, how she handled herself. Would she have smiled at the salesman?......

a beautiful poem...(buy the book to read it in entirety!) the last lines are the reason why Reigns has created such wonderful events for his Muse.

After her death there was no car to bequeath, no children to divide belongs, but their were Anais 's words
the daily diary writing where she road-mapped her life for me to travel. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Barbara Kraft: Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller Revisited Santa Monica Library Wednesday October 29, 7:00 pm

Santa Monica, California – Santa Monica Public Library presents Barbara Kraft: Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller Revisited on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Barbara Kraft, author of Anaïs Nin: The Last Days, discusses the lives and relationship of Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin.  A friend to both writers, Kraft is uniquely positioned to talk about the authors’ lives and art.  Anaïs Nin, noted for her diaries and erotica, was at the height of her fame when she took on Barbara Kraft as a writing student.  Quickly, the two became intimate friends at the moment when both would encounter tragedy: Nin’s terminal cancer and Kraft’s impending difficult divorce.  The circumstances created an environment of interdependency. Nin, despite her failing health, supported Kraft’s writing and life decisions, and Kraft became a devoted and untiring part of Nin’s support system during her last two years of life.  A book sale and signing will follow the program.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible.  For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event.  For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

 Visit the  Barbara Kraft: Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller Revisited Event Page on Facebook.

Monday, October 13, 2014

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: "Lunch Break Book" about June Miller

Steven Reigns let us know about this "Lunch Break Book" available on the Kindle at Amazon

June Miller was the wife of the controversial American author Henry Miller. Notorious for explicit depictions of sex, Miller used graphic language to describe sexual feelings, sexual encounters, sexual organs, etc. His books were banned as pornography in the U.S. until 1961. June Miller was the great love of Miller’s life, his inspiration from the moment they met in a New York City dance hall, and a character in many of his works. She convinced him to quit his job and become a writer, and she supported him financially for years by waitressing and cadging money from admirers—although Miller suspected she was prostituting herself. 

This book discusses June as Henry Miller's muse, answers questions about "Who was June Miller?," discusses June's life with Henry, explores June's life after Henry, and details the discovery by author Tamworth Grice, a lifetime Henry Miller fan, of June Miller's grave in a small rural cemetery in Northern Arizona. 

This Lunch Break Book is short enough to be read in 1 or 2 lunch breaks. Now instead of just wasting time, you can spend a pleasant lunch break learning something new, with Lunch Break
Books! (above book description taken from the amazon site)

Read the sample by going to this Amazon link and clicking Look Inside

And check out a really interesting blog on Henry Miller called
Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company: A Henry Miller Blog
the post about June Miller can be found here

Where else can one find a lunch for under three dollars? ($2.99)

To read more about the author Tamworth Grice, follow her blog at:Tamworth Grice Welcomes You.