Thursday, September 01, 2005

Tropic Of New Orleans

"[New Orleans] is the most congenial city in America that I know of, and it is due in large part, I believe, to the fact that here at last on this bleak continent the sensual pleasures assume the importance which they deserve."
-- Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

I didn't think to connect Miller and New Orleans until I tried to access the website for Jim Haynes. Jim's "Homage To Henry" contains a wealth of transcribed documents relating to Henry Miller. Today, the site is down, with this message from his internet service provider:

"DirectNIC's free hosting services are temporarily down. Our servers are located in downtown New Orleans, which was recently devastated by hurricane Katrina."

I don't know Jim, but I wish him and all of the storm victims well. [*UPDATE Sept 19/05 - So, apparently Jim lives in Paris. But I guess his server is in New Orleans. Still, all the best to webhosts and servers alike].

Henry Miller travelled through New Orleans during his cross-country American trek in 1940/41, which he wrote about briefly in Air-Conditioned Nightmare. There's also apparently an out-of-print book out there called Our America: Abraham Rattner, Henry Miller from New York City to New Orleans by 1932 Buick October 1940 to January 1941 : a Sunderland Arts Centre exhibition (from a exhibit held in 1976; published by Ceolfrith Press).

In 2003, New Orleans had a ban on selling books on the street, which turned into a big issue when two street booksellers were charged; Wexler vs City Of New Orleans ensued. The courts eventually overturned the book ban. According to this list, Miller's books were amongst the heady wares.

Finally, Louisiana has it's own famous Henry Miller: Henry Miller Shreve.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! The link to Jim's site works for me ( today. And, by the way, Jim doesn't live in New Orleans, he lives in Paris, so I'm not sure exactly what that message meant!

3:16 pm  
Blogger RC said...

Hi Sandrine
I guess I was too caught up in browsing the Miller goodies on Jim's website, and didn't check his homepage, which clearly states he lives in Paris. I've added an update to my entry so no one is confused. Thanks for pointing this out.

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