Henry Miller on “That Old Shithole” New York [Video]

Posted on: May 10th, 2011 at 10:02 am by

In 1975, before joining Saturday Night Live as writer and short producer, Tom Schiller directed a documentary about his mentor.  Author Henry Miller. The film is called Asleep & Awake.

Here is a clip of the famous writer, speaking of “that old shithole” New York:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bpCPCqJ8RQ&feature=player_embedded

…that old shithole New York where I was born… A place where I knew nothing but starvation, humiliation, despair, frustration, every god damn thing — nothing but misery. Every bloody street I looked down I see nothing but misery, nothing but monsters …today I think it’s the ugliest and shittiest city in the world…When I was a kid, there was hardly anything that we have today: no telephones; no automobiles; no nothing — really. It was rather quaint, there was even color in the buildings. But as time went on, it got more horrible to me…

And below is the full 30-minute film…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPJmm4_rcSU

[H/T Nonetheless]

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