Vol. 2, Ep. 4 "Ordinary" (2008)

 
 

Apologies to Henry Miller (Vol 2, Episode 4)

 Volume 2, Episode 4 is based on a handful of phrases originally writ by the great Henry Miller (1891-1980). Here are a few more:

 “You wanna talk about simple, ordinary things? Do you like white meat or dark? How’d the operation go? Who’s winning the war? Let’s talk about anything that’ll keep us from thinking or feeling. Sure, they’re important topics. But not good conversation. I get itchy when I hear that kind of talk. I want to hear somebody say something original. I know you’ve got a good heart, that you don’t mean any harm. Probably mind your own business. It doesn’t interest me. I’m sick of good kind generous people. I want a show of character and temperament.”

 “Once you have given up the ghost, everything follows with dead certainty, even in the midst of chaos.”

 “She’s wonderful. She sticks. That’s the problem… Every fuck he gave her he felt another brilliant idea had been slaughtered.”

 “The creative individual is supposed to experience a joy which balances the pain and anguish which come in trying to express himself. He lives in his work, we say. But this unique kind of life varies extremely with the individual. It is only in the measure that he is aware of more life, of life abundant, that he may be said to live in his work. Accept this view, and the distinction between success and failure is nil. And this is what every great artist comes to learn en route, that the process in which he is involved has to do with another dimension of life, that by identifying himself with this process he augments life.”