Henry Miller, waxing philosophical in "The Enormous Womb," writes, "Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement." Three years after casting volume ten of Nexus into the world, one can readily understand the truth of those words, although Miller referred not to procrastination but to the paralysis caused by not swimming in the "current of life," of not recognizing that the "best world is that which is now this very moment." Even though this journal went on a hiatus, the editors were swimming in the middle of the current and tackling projects large and small. Many of these involved Miller-such as Henry Miller: New Perspectives; Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge; A Gob of Spit in the Face of Art; and Henry and Abe: Finding America. Henry Miller Studies fared very well in our absence.
We are back in a big way with some exciting new scholarship. Eric D. Lehman rescues June Corbett's letters to Henry Miller from obscurity and provides contextual notes. Jennifer Cowe analyzes Miller's much-read, but little studied, story "Max" in "What Are You Going to Do about Max: Understanding Anti-Semitism in 'Max,'" while Dixon Speaker investigates parallels between Tropic of Cancer and "Howl" in "'Holy the lone juggernaut': Miller, Ginsberg, and the Autobiography of the Individual." Omar Sabbagh looks at the Colossus of Maroussi in "Humanism after Humanism: Henry Miller: Colossus after Colossus," while Marcus De Vaca creatively studies "Big Sur and a Memorable Cup of Tea." Francesco Bozzi examines Hamsun, Joyce and Miller in "Movement, Sensation, and Perception: The Wanderings of the Artist and the Emergence of Modern Urbanity. Next, Dana Cook excerpts some first encounters in "Meeting Miller," while Normajean MacLeod ruminates over the Fraenkels in "Daphne Moschos Gilliam Fraenkel and Michael Fraenkel." Dominic Jaeckle poetically explores Miller in "The Reverse of Don Quixote," and Joshua Buhs locates a forgotten connection in '"One measures a circle anywhere': Henry Miller and the Fortean Fantasy." Finally, William A. Gordon reexamines Miller in "Henry Miller and Sacred World," before Sarah Garland investigates the fragments of Tropic of Cancer in "A Hungry Eye: Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, Text, and Context."