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Henry Miller. Retrieved from " https: Hidden categories: Pages to import images to Wikidata. Namespaces Article Talk. On the contrary, he is speaking to their very singularity but suggests that per- haps literature takes itself too seriously in terms of what is worth reading and what is not.
Shakespeare and Dante create rivers and oceans, as it were, because they are not concerned with foregrounding their own accomplish- ments or monumentalizing the specific books. Ultimately, a work of literature may indeed be poorly written yet still evocative, or it may be a pleasurable read, and yet analytically useless.
Such things are not foundational for assessing the act of writing, writing well, writing meaningfully, writing out of necessity and so on. Miller is interested perhaps not in reshaping social morals or even redefining literature but at least in questioning its conventional form and Katy Masuga producing something of his own that is on the periphery, as simultaneous- ly inside and outside.
I was scared shitless. Understandably, then, Miller wants to craft his own ability to write as being something unique.
Miller is aware, of course, that regardless of his possible literary additions in the world, all the writing that exists adds up to nothing but the relative significance that it may or may not be given by its reader.
This body of writing is merely a collection of ideas in words, the significance of which is always shifting. Naturally, the thought of being unique somehow ap- peals to Miller as moving away from this literary platitude, but even he is aware of the illusion in this, despite the endless pursuit that it necessarily establishes.
Then, what, in fact, could make Miller unique? Paradoxically, he is unique in his revelation that any addition to the body of literature will not make a bit of difference. Miller has an understanding of the process of writing as something that simultaneously brings him closer and further away from living. Writ- ing is necessary for seizing the world, for getting a grasp on it in the sense of the way things function, how they are considered, understood, used and valued. It is not a privilege, nor a pleasure to write: it is a necessity.
And I, was I to add my name to this host of illustrious martyrs? Their greatness lies in their ability to best render such com- plexities of human nature, but, certainly as scapegoats, these writers are most often understood as outcasts for their contributions—as contrary, in some sense, to the mundane interests of the very communities to which they provide definition and perspective.
In working out a sense of his own disposition as a writer, Miller dis- cusses which writers affect him and how he sets out looking for a theme on which to write. Everything is fair-game, and his desire is to extract mate- rial from his living world and encapsulate it in words. I could spend hours at a stretch with Walter Pater, or even Henry James, in the hope of lifting a beautifully turned phrase.
I was ever frantically climbing ladders to pluck a ripe fig from some exotic overhanging garden of the past. Or I might become interested in sewers, the great sewers of Paris, or some other metropolis, where- upon it would occur to me that Hugo or some other French writer had made use of such a theme, and I would take up the life of this novelist merely to find out what had impelled him to take such an interest in sewers.
Nexus In this passage Miller suggests several writers who might give him inspi- ration. It is not the sewers themselves, then, but the possibility of writing about the sewers. But what marvelous pages, what magnificent phraseology! For Miller writing is the process itself, not the completed product. Writing is cre- ation and not a means to an end.
Miller is constantly producing, and, yet, each bit of text produced on the slippery slope of literature demands more production and is always concerned with this production of writing. The actual act of writing in Miller is perhaps a state of mind, a constant mental movement and less a process of adding up words on paper.
It is a way of Katy Masuga seeing, a way of being-in-the-world or simply a matter of perception. The issue is one not just of literature then, but of language itself. At a certain point he comes across a letter in the wastepaper basket at work sent in by a duty-bound citizen inquiring if the Park Department would not do something about the dead trees overhanging the roads—a request which was clearly disregarded as pointlessly verbose and finally superfluous by the Park Department management and subsequently tossed aside.
This letter that Miller finds is very lengthy, earnest, and indeed quite strange Nexus — Miller mocks it profoundly and facetiously but claims it also relaxes him.
I was no longer enveloped in a fog of despair. He certainly enjoys the letter to a great extent, but he does so in a very ironic and satirical manner. Ironically, of course, Miller is constantly writing himself—his words, his style—in the text. In other words, at every turn, Miller is one step ahead of the reader, who is still repeatedly made to acknowledge and accept that he is reading a text about something, about certain things that, because of the very language being used, it cannot be about i.
This memory of his old, German aunt then leads him into thoughts on Buddenbrooks and Tonio Kruger, prompting a curious and amusing reaction. Such a marvelous craftsman. I should have bought a piece of Streuselkuchen! This jokey reverie is quickly followed by Miller watch- ing a street-car pass in which he thinks the driver resembles Knut Hamsun. These two references may seem to be more humorous than anything else, but they are significant in terms of how Miller envisions himself both as a person and as a writer and of course how he envisions the same of other individuals who occupy the collective literary imagination.
A text, therefore, does not paint a picture of reality but provides an avenue or an approach into a creation of the imagination within an already established sense of reality by the reader. Referring to Thomas Mann and Knut Hamsun in this way, Miller draws attention to literature as built upon an arbitrary set of rules and not as a structure of truth.
These figures are nothing but the figures they are made to be in any referential instance. They are dead men entering a text, but men whose names come to be infused with a literary quality that is an illusion. The humor resides in using the name that represents a literary figure as if it were something real and knowable. As Derrida explains, the name inherits the quality of literary significance, instead of simply remaining the name of a dead man. As Miller demonstrates, each name or each word is only one small, momentary prick on the surface of language and one small rendering in that language among the infinite possibilities still to come.
This is the movement, the motion that literature indeed, all language creates and uses to give meaning: meaning, which is another word for truth. This mistake in distributing truth through meaning, as Nietzsche ini- tially explains, is not a failure of writing, but it is a misunderstanding to attribute to language any definitive quality of truth.
And that a story, given out as the invention of a creative artist, should be regarded as the most effective material for getting at the truth about its author was also significant. It can be considered as the space where writing does not meet its object, insofar as the object always outruns, so to speak, its naming in other words, the chase never ends. The paradox consists in the fact that, if writing seeks to mark or to define what is here- tofore unknown, then this unknown must always remain as such in order to be this otherness that it is.
The distance of seeking to know something through perceiving it is never overcome, because it is a necessary distance that allows both elements the perceiver and the perceived to maintain their identity. Yet, in the moment of coming to know the perceived, both elements are involved in an interplay that destroys the distance while also keeping it perpetually intact. This irresolvable discrepancy is precisely the modus operandi of writing itself, something which Miller fundamentally embraces.
Writing is the effort to establish and to locate ideas as unwavering truths—even the truth that is fiction. The world of the writer is populated by concepts that rely on this very myth of truth. The constant becoming of this actual world itself is the world that the writer creates and so the truth of it is as malleable as any other.
Miller claims the following: I know that this is the only life, this life of the writer, and the world may stay put, get worse, sicken and die, all one, because I no longer belong to the world, a world that sickens and dies, that stabs itself over and over, that wobbles like an amputated crab. I have my own world, a Graben of a world, cluttered with Vespasiennes, Miros and Heideggers, bidets, a lone Yeshiva Bocher, cantors who sing like clarinets, divas who swim in their own fat, bugle busters and troikas that rush like the wind.
Napoleon has no place here, nor Goethe, nor even those gentle souls with power over birds, such as St. Francis, Milosz the Lithuanian, and Wittgenstein.
Even lying on my back, pinned down by dwarfs and gremlins, my power is vast and unyielding. My minions obey me; they pop like corn on the griddle, they whirl into line to form sentences, paragraphs, pages.
Furthermore, this world, he tells us, has no need of Napoleon, Goethe, St. Francis, Milosz, or Wittgenstein.
What kind of world is this? How is the reader meant to analyze this? It is the world that he creates in his writing, in the very moment of his writing, in the collection of such objects as they are transmitted into the text, that become the text, that have nothing hidden behind them as to their purpose, function or meaning. Henry Miller and the Book of Life This, then, is the truth of writing. It is composed of what the writer re- quires, or simply desires, in the mode of writing.
It does not contain earnest or idealized values or religion.
It does not contain objectified poetry or consistent, yet arbi- trary, rules of language. Ironically, of course, it does contain all these things which he claims it does not. They are there, written on the page, included.
It was the first deliberate, conscious act which had significance for me; it changed the whole face of the world. It was my first glimpse into the soul of a man, or shall I say simply that Dostoievski was the first man to reveal his soul to me? It does not contain earnest or idealized values or religion. It does not contain objectified poetry or consistent, yet arbi- trary, rules of language.
Ironically, of course, it does contain all these things which he claims it does not. They are there, written on the page, included. It was the first deliberate, conscious act which had significance for me; it changed the whole face of the world. It was my first glimpse into the soul of a man, or shall I say simply that Dostoievski was the first man to reveal his soul to me?
He often stares, and has done so for years, he says, at a particular image of Dostoevsky that hangs in a bookshop window. When randomly passing by, he halts and allows himself to become transfixed by the picture of this man: a man who was a real man, who is dead, who, like Nietzsche, is not the same thing as the body of work to which his name is ascribed.
It was some- thing more than a bow or salute I made to Dostoievsky. It was more like a prayer, a prayer that he would unlock the secret of revelation. Such a plain, homely face, he had. The face of a man who might pass unnoticed in a crowd. I stood there, as always, trying to penetrate the mystery of the being lurking behind the doughy mass of features.
All I could read clearly was sorrow and obstinacy. A man who obvi- ously preferred the lowly life, a man fresh from prison. I lost myself in contemplation. Finally I saw only the artist, the tragic, unprecedented artist who had created a veritable pantheon of characters, each one of Katy Masuga them more real, more potent, more mysterious, more inscrutable than all the mad Czars and all the cruel, wicked Popes put together.
Miller consistently persists in seeking to know the unknown or to at least draw out the questions con- cerning it. That is to say, Miller wants to cover the distance that he knows is not coverable. It is only what it made of it in an instant. They are the ideas that Miller himself creates and defines in the text. Unlike Heidegger, as Derrida argues, Miller recognizes this problem in naming and knowingly exploits it in order to charge his text both with humor and crisis.
Miller also seems to cite directly from other literary or philosophical works, yet, more often than not, they are not necessarily direct citations, al- though they appear to be in the text. Since Miller often refers to thinkers and writers whom he admires, these passage references are used as reinforcement to reflect what he perceives to be his own disposition: a struggling writer in a mad, malfunctioning and ignorant world.
As such, Miller plays with the borders and definitions of art and ma- nipulates the presence of art in his texts. He constantly measures his own conceptualizations of art with that of other artists and with that of con- ventional understandings of art. By bringing writers and their writing into his text in order to discuss the nature of writing and the self as inflected in writing, Miller deliberately casts a shadow of doubt as to the validity of writing as a means capable of successfully discussing its own foundations.
For nobody knows himself, if he is only him- self and not also another one at the same time. Sexus Can the writer hold up a mirror to himself in the act of writing? Hence, the mirror always reflects a separate, unique subject who is not the same self that is present on the front-side of the mirror. With the eyes closed, there is a presence of the self to the self; yet, with the eyes open the self is only perceiving itself and not directly knowing it. And yet knowing is always bound up with these two selves, or two modes of per- ception subject perceived and object perceived.
This act is how the perceiver, or subject, knows itself; it is its conscience de soi, as Sartre calls it. Yet even this activity of being written demands that the text separates what it is from what it claims to be. It remains unstable and undefined in order to have that tenuous identity as itself.
This metaphor of the mirror persists throughout these passages in Miller, and he makes allusions to it three more times just on this oppos- ing page in Sexus.
Two are contained in the passage below preceding the lines attributed to Hugo, which are at the end of the passage , and the last is a reference to Nietzsche, which immediately succeeds the Hugo passage in Sexus.
He writes, Creation is the eternal play which takes place at the border line; it is spontaneous and compulsive, obedient to law. One removes from the mirror and the curtain rises. Only madmen are excluded. For these never cease to dream that they are dreaming.
They stood before the mirror with eyes open and fell sound asleep; they sealed their shadow in the tomb of memory. It seems that the process of creation, for Miller, also includes the re-creation of other writers and the works of other writers into his own. A menagerie, although it may be a showcase, still consists of a series of cages. Miller writes: The creative life! Rocketing out of the blue, grasping at flying ladders, mounting, soaring, lifting the world up by the scalp, rousing the angels from their ethereal lairs, drowning in stellar depths, clinging to the tails of comets.
Nietzsche had written of it ecstatically— and then swooned forward into the mirror to die in root and flower. Language is truth-making, and, as such, Miller provides these passages to make that point—and with such strong imagery, giving over to language itself the very means to scatter its own boundaries.
In terms of truth, then, what is produced in the text is always some- thing that cannot be confined to an imaginary realm that is permanent or concrete despite its existence as a text—it is a question of motion versus destination. In other words, the presence of the text is actually a movement and a constant becoming; not a stagnant state in a fixed, imaginary uni- verse. Indeed, its arbitrariness can be seen through the fact that how literature is read, understood and used changes throughout history.
Naturally, different styles are appreciated and regarded in different ways during any given time period. It is confined to a law that is ungrounded.
He is interested, then, in the flexibility of the law of literature, such that he can use a semblance of structure and then subvert it.
Literature, by its very construction, is always capable of breaking its own laws. Literature fails to do this because it is a process that is restricted to its structure, which leaves it with room only to produce what it is capable of words on a page , which is always less than what it sets out to do defining concepts, securing their definitions, and so forth.
The difficulty occurs in thinking that there even is something to be transcended. This is the mistake that language lets us believe and then disrupts through literature, through the perpetual pursuit of transcending.
It is not a limitation in the sense of inadequacy, rather it is a limitation in the sense of the linearity of the text. There is always a word-for-word per- formance in a text—one that leads the reader in a particular direction and with a particular aim.
A story, in other words, can only deliver itself linearly, providing content in a particular, structured manner. The idea of writing as a commodity or as a predetermined form of art for collective appreciation and consumption is distasteful to him.
Have not the others this world of everyday, which they profess to despise yet cling to like drowning rats? Is it not strange how they who refuse, or are too lazy, to create a world of their own insist on invading ours?
Who is it tramples the flower beds at night? Who is it leaves cigarette stubs in the bird bath? Who is it pees on the blushing violets and wilts their bloom? We know how you rav- age the pages of literature in search of what pleases you. We discover the footprints of your blundering spirit everywhere. It is you who kill genius, you who cripple the giants. You, you, whether through love and adoration or through envy, spite and hatred. Who writes for you writes his own death warrant. Horse is coming.
Issa-San wrote that. Tell me its value! Yet, because writing becomes a collective activity, in that the writer is always writing for a reader, then immediately the purpose of literature is bound by many other forces.
Miller, as the writer, laments this paradox: he is always writing for an audi- ence but writing in order to overcome that audience. And why? Miller asks; for success, for posterity—things that Miller himself de- nies desiring but can not avoid once he chooses to touch paper with ink. Miller accuses his reader of being the destroyer of literature in that it is the reader who takes to pieces what the author has created and searches within it for his own private meaning.