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Anaïs Nin

(1903–1977)

French-born U.S. writer and diarist

“Only the Japanese would think of serving red watermelon in a green plate.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol 7, 1966–1974) (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), 20.

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notes: from a summer 1966 entry in Nin's diary (observations of her trip to Japan)

“The gardens [in Japan] are works of art in design, planting and miniaturization. The Japanese favor green gardens, not flowers which die, but evergreens, carpets of moss. Always, the accompaniment of water from a stream directed to fall drop by drop from a bamboo pipe. Each time it stops to allow the water to accumulate, it makes a sound like one dry slap on a drum.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol 7, 1966–1974) (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), 15.

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notes: from a summer 1966 entry in Nin's diary

“His mind makes immense detours. Then he gets lost. And then I am able to bring him back, not because I know any more than he does, or because I am more whole, but because I have a sense of direction in the world of ideas.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin [Vol. 1 1931–1934] (New York: The Swallow Press, 1966), 158.

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notes: Nin is describing Henry Miller

“If psychoanalysis is going to divest me of all decoration, costume, adornment, flavor, characteristic, then what will be left?”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol. 1 1931–1934) (New York: The Swallow Press, 1966), 119.

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“Ultimately I look upon writing as wings. We are pedestrians, we walk along the earth; we may love the earth, but the moment of absolute magic is when our imagination allows us to take flights into vaster, more entrancing worlds.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol 7, 1966–1974) (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), 85.

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notes: from spring, 1969 entry in Nin's diary

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