"For you and for me, the highest moment, the keenest moment is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our mind- and you and I both lose it the same way, by love"
-Anais Nin in a letter to Henry Miller. Feb. 22, 1932
I don't really know where to start here. I've been reading Anais Nin since I was in high school (dare I say 15 years ago?!) I don't remember how I came to hear of her since I have a notoriously bad memory. It may have been after seeing "Henry & June." What I do remember is scouring used book stores in attempt to collect everything I could by her. I have most, but not all of her 7 volumes of diaries, not to mention the "A Journal of Love" series from her diary, and finally "A Literate Passion: the Letters of Anais Nin & Henry Miller, 1932-1953," which have all become obsessively underlined. I don't think I can really express how influential she was to me- then and now, so much so that I know I can't properly describe it right here. But, perhaps she is the reason why I have a closet full of journals, which reminds me...I should really start writing more.
If you aren't familiar with Henry & Anais, the 1990 film, "Henry & June" is a great introduction. Set in Paris in the 1930's, depicting the intertwined lives of Anais Nin, Henry Miller, and his wife, June. The photos above are from the film, starring Maria de Medeiros, Fred Ward, and Uma Thurman. And the costumes are to die for. Here is the trailer...
- "A Literate Passion" by Every Little Counts, inspired by Henry & Anais.