Sunday, June 28, 2009

Simone Lorenz and Bruce Cohen and Rupert Pole

Simone Lorenz and Bruce Cohen, spoke for Rupert Pole in the early
negotiations of the Anais Nin web site.
Here they are in the 1995 at Anais Nin's home in Silver Lake. Rupert Pole is on the right and they are on the left. Sharon Spencer is looking up at Simone who had compiled a beautiful edition of quotes from Anais which was at that time among the Nin fans, expected to be published soon.

Party at Silver Lake House 8/27/95: Bruce J. Cohen,Simone Marie Lorenz,Sharon Spencer, Bebe Barron, Renate Druks, Kazuko Sugisaki, Rupert Pole. (Photo by Simone Marie Lorenz, © 1995. All rights reserved.)

To read Simone's touching piece Remembering Rupert click here.

Recently we sent a couple of postcards from Valerie' Harm's generous offer (which the site has been mailing out) to Simone. we asked if it was okay to post a New Year's greeting that she and Bruce had sent out to friends on New Years. Here it is to inspire everyone today, as every day in a sense begins a new year, from that date! you begin writing your new day, new year message
in your journal.

From Simone" January 1, 2009

In my silent morning meditation, the attached reminder arose. While sharing the writing with Bruce, bright sunlight passed through the crystal hung in the window and then through the water in Bruce's drinking glass, sending dancing light and prisms of color across the page.

Delighted and in gratitude for this spontaneous display of beauty we wanted to share it with you...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Anais Observed: On DVD At Last!

Anais Observed is On DVD .... although with a different cover than the original video.

"A 60-minute color documentary on Anais Nin. The NY Times said, "All of her fans should be sure to see this movie." And James Leo Herlihy: "Robert Snyder gives us a deeply captivating experience of the 20th Century?s greatest art form..."

You can also order the original book the film was based on and originally published by Swallow by Robert Synder (who passed away in 2004) There can't be many, so order now!

Just after Rupert Pole died, when the Lifestyle editor of the LA Times Janet Eastman was writing a piece in The LA Times on Nin's Home , in Silverlake, "Storied Past, Uncertain Future" the site lent this film (in video form) and the book with the other materials to the writer. In the story Eastman writes:

"Photographs and the 1973 documentary "Anaïs Nin Observed" by the late Robert Snyder show her posing, her hand gracefully holding her chin, at the mosaic-top dining room table alongside a bank of windows. Or sitting on an orange pillow on the coral carpet in the living room next to the glowing fireplace, her hair swept into a loose roll, lipstick perfect on her upturned smile, barefoot and wearing a scooped-neck caftan, her only accessory her diary in her hand. "

It's a Keeper.

Morning Song

On Jewel's 1995 album Pieces of You she wrote a "Morning Song" with the lyrics:

"You can be Henry Miller and I'll be Anais Nin /Except this time it will be even better/we'll stay together in the end."

This morning over morning coffee, I was thinking of this song, and realized
that not everyone knows about it...Years ago the site sent Rupert a copy of
the CD to show him how au courant Anais, ever current was still in the hearts of young artists.
Hard to believe that was almost a decade ago!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Louveciennes Maison Up For Sale Again

"Louveciennes has always known how to hide its secrets behind thick walls..."

Le Figaro, March 12th, 1996

Nin's former home in Louveciennes is for sale...

Check out the listing link and follow the chatter on

And from our archives, read about
the amazing young woman
Barbara Sapp's valiant effort to save the the home last century.
Many came to the site and filled out
petitions in French and English.