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HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY! Henry Miller on the Beautiful Osmosis of Giving and Receiving by Maria Popova “It’s only when we demand that we are hurt.” In The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944 (public library) — from whence this poignant meditation on the difference between Paris and New York came — Nin shares a letter she received in the summer of 1942 from Henry Miller, with whom she’d been closely involved creatively, intellectually and, for a long time, romantically. Miller, passionately articulate as ever, gets to the heart of the beautiful osmosis of altruism: By choosing to live above the ordinary level we create extraordinary problems for ourselves. More of Nin and Miller’s correspondence can be found in A Literate Passion: Letters of Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, 1932-1953. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr