The Henry Miller *and* Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Libraries! An alliance for the ages!

Roosevelt and Churchill.

Lennon and McCartney.

Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Rodgers and Astaire.

Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely.

The 20th century is rife with incredible strategic partnerships; but none can compare to what I’m about to propose:

Miller and Vonnegut!!

It’s true: an alliance has been forged.

2,299 miles to the east stands the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Here’s their homepage; and here is the Facebook.

It’s like an amazing bizarro-world thing; we both have similar charters and both are arts centers that celebrate the legacies of our namesakes. We both have blogs.

Most eerily, their Executive Director of the Vonnegut Library is a gangly, prodigiously handsome ex-fisherman from Finald named, um, Shagmus.

A great bond has been established because a few weeks ago, folks from the Vonnegut Library visited Big Sur and had a power-lunch with Magnus and discussed things logistical (running an arts center) to the more big-picture (world domination.)

So drop the Vonnnegut Library a line, and do keep in touch. And just the idea wash over you like an iconoclastic literary cascade: Henry Miller and Kurt Vonnegut, joining forces.

Indeed, it’s an alliance built to last.

And we promise not to invade Czechoslovakia.

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Lucinda Williams at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, June 29th!

Lucinda Wililams at The Henry Miller Memorial Library, Friday, June 29th!

Pre-sale Thurs, April 26th, noon Pacific time at

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New Stage Anniversary Week (NSAW): Hippie Sven thanks Kickstarter donors!

So it goes without saying the only reason we are celebrating NSAW is because of you, our amazingly loyal and generous fans, who helped us raise money through Kickstarter to make the new stage a reality.

Donors each got a reward of some sort for their contribution, and 10 or so lucky souls got an on-air shout-out from Hippie Sven himself.

Here it is!

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New Stage Anniversary Week (NSAW): Hippie Sven at the Gates of the New Stage (April 2, 2011)

Well, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. The climax of our New Stage Anniversary Week (NSAW): the footage of Sven discovering his newly beloved stage.

We told you there’d be a happy ending!

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Earth Day weekend in Big Sur! Alison Fineman & Kimball Hurd at HMML, JGB Band at Fernwood, and more!

Indeed, the first show of the year at the Library has been announced: an Earth Day celebration with Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd, two fantastic local (ish) folk singers whom you may recall from 2010′s “Be Kind to the Earth” festival.

Given the Earth-centric theme, I’ll make sure my 12 MPG van is parked no where in sight.

Tickets available here, or by calling us at 831-667-2574. Tickets are by donation and limited to only 60!

And here is yet even more context:

The Big Sur Community Earth Day Weekend will take place April 21-22 at various businesses along the Big Sur coastline, starting 25 miles south of Carmel, CA. For more information, visit the B-SAGE Facebook page,, or the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce website at, or call 831.667.8823.

There’ll be an awesome show at Fernwood on Sunday: Jerry Garcia Band with Melvin Seals, Birdhouse, Harry and the Hitmen, and Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us, starting at noon in the campground!

More info and tickets here.

See you then!

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New Stage Anniversary Week (NSAW): Hippie Sven checks in on construction of new stage (March 19, 2011)

The Library’s New Stage Anniversary Week (NSAW) continues apace.

Today we re-visit footage from March 19, 2011, in which Hippie Sven checks in on the construction of the new stage.

You gotta see it to believe it!!

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New Stage Anniversary Week (NSAW): Hippie Sven discovers the old stage reduced to rubble (March 5, 2011)

OK guys.

Here’s the first installment to honor the 1-year anniversary of our new stage. And it ain’t pretty.

Just remind yourself everything turns out alright in the end.

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Henry Miller Memorial Library begins celebration of “New Stage Anniversary Week!” (NSAW)

So we here at the Library are coming up to a very important milestone. That’s right: the 1-year anniversary of the construction of our new stage!

Amazingly – and I swear, we’re not lying here – the 1-year anniversary of the stage is…wait for it…April 20th.

4/20 dudes!!!

That’s because April 20, 2011 was the day in which our Kickstarter campaign ended. And we promise, when we first started thinking about doing such a campaign, we did not plan on ending it on 4/20.

Anyway, we’ll be reliving some of the magic of last year, right up to the anniversary on the 20th, in which we’ll have…I dunno, cake or something. Maybe some THC-laced scones?

So, first thing’s first. Below is a picture of the funeral for our old stage, held on Feb. 20, 2011. We musn’t forget it.

And here’s an obituary for it. Money quote:

In the early 1965, inspired by the Beat Movement and Kerouac’s “Big Sur,” the Henry Miller Library Stage hitch-hiked to Big Sur, California, where it got a job washing dishes at Nepenthe.

It was also during this self-described “experimental phase” where the Stage first ingested psilocybin mushrooms.

Soon after, the Stage began studying transcendental meditation at Esalen, where it eventually taught a series of workshops on “Salsa-Spirit Rejuvenation,” a therapeutic spiritual healing program that incorporate elements of Eastern mysticism, a gluten-free diet, and Afro-Cuban salsa dancing.

Needless to say, Sven was stricken with grief when he saw his old beloved stage reduced to rubble. In our next installment, we’ll revisit that very stricken-ness!

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Now accepting applications for the HMML summer archiving internship program! Deadline is May 1st!

The time is here again, folks! We’re gearing up for our summer internship, and we want you or your best and brightest students to apply to work here in the Archives. The internship has been available every summer since 2005 and the program gets more exciting each year.

In the past, students have worked to sort through materials, assign dates and titles to items, maintain an electronic database, scan archival documents, work on relationships with other Miller Archives around the world, create finding aids, and lots more.

There was also the year Robin and Bram were our interns and there was the Basin Complex Fire that caused their roles to include shuffling the collection between various safe places. Let’s not speak of 2008, though… Too soon.

There’s more information on HERE on the archives internship, and how to apply. Please send your cover letter and resume to our archivist, Keely via email to Think about a project that you might like to work on and let’s work together in the summer months to make it a reality!

The deadline for this application is May 1. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Submission deadline for the Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series is April 20th!

Gentle reminder, everybody.

The deadline to submit your film to the Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series is April 20th!

To submit, click here. And check out the submission guidelines!


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