Part 1, The Oranges of the Millennium
• Almost 100 artists of all sorts, a dozen of whom are truly talented, come through Big Sur in Henry Miller's twelve years there, escaping the present and living in peace.
• Miller finds infatuated fans a constant nuisance.
• In sparsely-populated Big Sur, neighbors know both how to let one alone and how to lend a hand.
• Miller writes that the oranges in Hieronymus Bosch's The Millennium, and indeed all of the animals and plants in it share a magic "super-reality" shared by Big Sur, a virtual paradise.
• Miller states that every place and thing has a unique ambiance and is in constant change.
• Miller writes that awake, one can sometimes see a goodness that makes one content to die.
• Big Sur seems an ideal place to work, but visitors are frequent and bring gifts and news of the outside world, which allows Miller to...
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