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?