Some Poor Kid


I have said it before, and I will say it again, thank-you Irene for bringing to my attention Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch. On Kindle, I try to read 2% a day. It is my main non-fiction go-to book which I should finish in February.

Here we are, the last day of January 2014, and as I said yesterday to my friend who owns the best porch in the world, I only bought 23 books in January for a total expenditure of around $60.  In other words, many were a dollar or less. As I try to read 10 books a month, these should hold me for the quarter. No more costly books until April.  If you believe that.

What does this have to do with Mr. Miller?  Only that he loved to read and write. He wrote about many poor families of the Big Sur region and how the children’s’ happiness in creative play amazed him. Unless you were a rich kid, and maybe even if you were, many of us can identify with the joys of inexpensive, or free, toys. Objects  that become toys, like cats with a box.

I loved boxes. From them I made cockpits, tunnels, forts and tents. They were a place of zen like retreat. I played games of hide and seek. War games in the woods. Henry Miller writes about those days in detail in his book  Black Spring. I haven’t purchased it yet, but I am thinking about it.  April?

Meanwhile, my favorite, not inexpensive toy, is the Kindle Fire. What joys it has brought to me in the last few months. Could it be that some poor kid invented it?

6 thoughts on “Some Poor Kid

  1. Carole Webber January 31, 2014 / 6:19 am

    Your Kindle is also a box that contains your favorite things..books

    • fictionfitz January 31, 2014 / 6:20 am

      An astute observation.

    • fictionfitz February 1, 2014 / 7:32 am

      Kindle Fire is wonderful! I have the smaller screen and last year’s model. Also great sound and sharp pictures.

  2. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist February 1, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    I’m so glad you are enjoying BS and the OOHB. Its the only Henry Miller I’ve read and I loved it so much that I don’t know why I didn’t look out more of his works. Let me know when you start Black Spring if you think it should be read (by me anyway). Re kindle – I still prefer a paper book but cost wise the kindle wins out most times. If it is a book that I think I will want to keep and reread then I definitely like paper. The thing with the kindle that I don’t like is not being able to pass on books. I love that feeling that a good friend is reading it on her trip and then she gives it to a good friend she caught up with in the UK and then who knows eventually it may come back to me and there is a huge history to the book as well as the great story inside.

    • fictionfitz February 1, 2014 / 5:29 pm

      ps: an acronym to reference the book! In spite of my dyslexia toward acs, I love it.

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