Unsolved Anaïs Nin Mysteries

Mystery #1: What is the source of one Anaïs Nin’s most popular quotes: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”? Clues: In Nin’s novel Children of the Albatross (1947) which is incorporated into Cities of the Interior, there is a […]

Anaïs Nin Myth of the Day #10

Myth #10: Anaïs Nin’s sex life was ideal. Fact: When Anaïs Nin married Hugh (Hugo) Guiler at the age of twenty, she was a virgin. Her sexual relationship with her new husband was very unsatisfactory, according to Nin in a diary passage written some twenty years later: [We] were never made for each other. He […]

Anaïs Nin’s Artistic Associations: Harry Partch, Musician

Anaïs Nin is not only noted for her associations with other writers, but with artists of all genres, in particular musical innovators, such as Louis and Bebe Barron, early electronic musicians. One form of abstract music that appealed to Nin was that of Harry Partch (1901-1974), whose approach was organic but definitely unique. Nin writes in […]