By Anais Nin, Gunther Stuhlmann
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It gave him joy. All around us the Negroes danced wildly and gracefully. And Rank sauntered as if he were learning to walk. I danced, and he danced along with me. I would have liked to dance with the Negroes, who dance so spontaneously and elegantly, but I felt I should give Rank the pleasure of discovering freedom of physical motion when he had given me emotional freedom. Give back pleasure, music, self-forgetting for all that he gave me. Driving home the radio in the taxi continues the jazz mood.
Her attitude toward Henry Miller and his Bohemian friends is undergoing a change. She is less tolerant of people's eccentricities, of the waste of talent. Her involvements with her own work, with Gonzalo, the wild Indian revolutionary, and his wilting wife, Helba, with the young Lawrence Durrell, acquire a new dimension, a new solidity. " She still is caught in the web of her different personae, but the world, somehow, is becoming more real, more tangible, the choices clearer. "The diary," she writes in the late 1930s, "was once a disease.
More and more people came bringing objects for him to turn into gold. More and more people heard about his power and they came from everywhere, crowded into his palace, crowded around him, pressed around him, begging, pleading, pushing, and finally by their massive pressure, suffocating him. " Dreiser does not believe in the soul. He is a materialist. The lights of Broadway danced up and down while we talked. Even in a hotel room he managed to create the same down-to-earth atmosphere of his books.