Ping Pong with Henry Miller
Many know of Henry Miller's years in Big Sur, but few are aware that his first home on the coast was in the Log House, above Nepenthe. Novelist Lynda Sargent took in the penniless Henry Miller and gave him a place to set up his typewriter during the day and lay his head at night.
It is rare to meet the person who has heard the story of novelist Lynda Sargent, who lived in the Log House after it was the Trails Club and before Lolly and Bill bought it and built Nepenthe, and who took in the penniless Henry Miller and gave him a place to set up his typewriter during the day and lay his head at night...
Miller and Sargent didn't get along so well, but they
say you could hear the sound of their two typewriters clacking away
from the highway!
"Damn it, Fassett," Henry raged. "My astrologer came to me in a dream and said I'd beat you at ping-pong tonight, and damned if I won't!"
Daddy Bill said he trounced Henry with little fanfare, while Lolly sat quietly by and knitted. "Time to get yourself another astrologer," she commented as Henry went back into the night.
From Henry Miller's Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch
"There is another family I cannot pass over without a
word or two, since here, once again, the children dominate the
scene. I mean the Fassett family whose abode is "Nepenthe", one of
the show places along the Coast.
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