Academic journal article Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal

Editors' Note

Academic journal article Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal

Editors' Note

Article excerpt

What a difference a year makes in terms of sales! After record sales for the 5th anniversary issue, we experienced huge drop in subscriptions for the 6th volume--despite positive reviews--no doubt because of the recession. Having lived through the Great Depression, numerous recessions, and several wars, Henry Miller would no doubt smile at the doomsday prognostications floating over the airwaves. For the desperation of the person on the street, however, for those in a "perpetual state of hunger," as he wrote of June and himself in Plexus, Miller would express the utmost empathy. Throughout his oeuvre, Miller returns again and again to the person in need, the individual on the verge of despair. Often, that person was Miller himself, but other times Miller, poor as he was, would, in an act of true human kindness, give his last nickel to some anonymous, miserable soul. In Money and How It Gets that Way, Miller wrote that money itself is not evil, for "The evil is in us, in our dissatisfaction with the condition we find ourselves in." What Henry knew--what we should consider in these troubled times--is that we are our own best resource for happiness, our own best hope for peace. …

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