I had a chance to visit Henry Miller Memorial Library when we visited Big Sur during the 4th July long weekend. Big Sur is a beautiful place with lovely restaurants, excellent food and breath-taking views. It also houses some art galleries and this quaint library dedicated to the American writer, Henry Miller.
Miller lived in Big Sur from 1944 to 1962. He wrote his memoir on life in Big Sur here where he described the joys and hardships of escaping ‘the air-conditioned nightmare’ of modern life. His writings were unconventional and often controversial with topics ranging from character study, social criticism and philosophical observations. His language was often explicit and several of his works have been banned over various time periods.
His writing style was a mix of memoirs and fiction that gave a surreal impression.
The library is a non-profit organization showcasing Henry Miller’s writings and some of his possessions. It has converted into an art centre where some or the other culture event is always happening – be it book signing, music shows or local artisan displays. It is indeed a very interesting place.
The interior of the library is eccentric, quirky and has a very artsy vibe. Books, posters and vintage records are available on sale. While most books are by Henry Miller and on Big Sur, you will find popular bestsellers too.
We almost missed the place but I am glad we dropped in. it is a beautiful place. One can wind up their Big Sur trip with a trip here.
Location: Highway One
Landmark: Opposite Nepenthe Cafe
Verdict: Must Visit!
Can you spot a cow head skull on the top?
Preparing for a book reading event in evening
Don’t forget to peek into the bathroom
The housecat. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Magical, surreal world
One can spend hours looking at the wall posters, paintings and slogans.
Vintage records on sale. A collector’s paradise.