Simone Lorenz and Bruce Cohen, spoke for Rupert Pole in the early negotiations of the Anaïs Nin web site.
Here they are in the 1995 at Anaïs Nin’s home in Silver Lake. Rupert Pole is on the right and they are on the left. Sharon Spencer is looking up at Simone who had compiled a beautiful edition of quotes from Anaïs which was at that time among the Nin fans, expected to be published soon.
Party at Silver Lake House 8/27/95: Bruce J. Cohen,Simone Marie Lorenz,Sharon Spencer, Bebe Barron, Renate Druks, Kazuko Sugisaki, Rupert Pole. (Photo by Simone Marie Lorenz, © 1995. All rights reserved.)
To read Simone’s touching piece Remembering Rupert.
Recently we sent a couple of postcards from Valerie’ Harm’s generous offer (which the site has been mailing out) to Simone. we asked if it was okay to post a New Year’s greeting that she and Bruce had sent out to friends on New Years. Here it is to inspire everyone today, as every day in a sense begins a new year, from that date! you begin writing your new day, new year message in your journal.
January 1, 2009
In my silent morning meditation, the attached reminder arose. While sharing the writing with Bruce, bright sunlight passed through the crystal hung in the window and then through the water in Bruce’s drinking glass, sending dancing light and prisms of color across the page.
Delighted and in gratitude for this spontaneous display of beauty we wanted to share it with you…
Anaïs Observed is On DVD …. although with a different cover than the original video.
A 60-minute color documentary on Anaïs Nin. The NY Times said, “All of her fans should be sure to see this movie.” And James Leo Herlihy: “Robert Snyder gives us a deeply captivating experience of the 20th Century?s greatest art form…”
You can also order the original book the film was based on and originally published by Swallow by Robert Synder (who passed away in 2004) There can’t be many, so order now!
Just after Rupert Pole died, when the Lifestyle editor of the LA Times Janet Eastman was writing a piece in The LA Times on Nin’s Home, in Silverlake, “Storied Past, Uncertain Future” the site lent this film (in video form) and the book with the other materials to the writer. In the story Eastman writes:
“Photographs and the 1973 documentary “Anaïs Nin Observed” by the late Robert Snyder show her posing, her hand gracefully holding her chin, at the mosaic-top dining room table alongside a bank of windows. Or sitting on an orange pillow on the coral carpet in the living room next to the glowing fireplace, her hair swept into a loose roll, lipstick perfect on her upturned smile, barefoot and wearing a scooped-neck caftan, her only accessory her diary in her hand. ”
It’s a Keeper.
On Jewel’s 1995 album Pieces of You she wrote a “Morning Song” with the lyrics:
“You can be Henry Miller and I’ll be Anaïs Nin /Except this time it will be even better/we’ll stay together in the end.”
This morning over morning coffee, I was thinking of this song, and realized that not everyone knows about it…Years ago the site sent Rupert a copy of the CD to show him how au courant Anaïs, ever current was still in the hearts of young artists.
Hard to believe that was almost a decade ago!
“Louveciennes has always known how to hide its secrets behind thick walls…”
Le Figaro, March 12th, 1996
Nin’s former home in Louveciennes is for sale…
Check out the listing link and follow the chatter on https://twitter.com/anaisninblog
And from our archives, read about the amazing young woman Barbara Sapp’s valiant effort to save the the home last century.
Many came to the site and filled out petitions in French and English.