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February 21, 2008

Anaïs Nin’s 105th Birthday, February 21, 2008

“We have reached a hastier and superficial rhythm, now that webelieve we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people,more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being intouch deeply with the one breathing right next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephone, take the place ofhuman intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millionsbrings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.”—Anaïs Nin, Diary Four

We have heard through the Anaïs Nin grapevine, that the Anaïs@105 birthday celebration, a mini-symposium with speakers who knew Nin personally that was held at the Hammer Gallery at UCLA was a huge success.

This “jewel” of a venue was filled to capacity (300) and in fact could not accomodate the overflow crowd. What a testament to the spirit of Anaïs Nin who still speaks at 105 to the young.

Congrats to Steven Reign for his unflappable panache in conceptualizing and then actualizing this event without a paid staff.

We will add pictures of the speakers and brief summaries in the weeks to come. There is a pdf available of the program and if someone wishes to have it emailed to them, please sign up on the news-event board of the site, and one of our administrators will email it to you.