I've been pushing the Jim Thompson library all summer. I thought I'd change the pace and talk about my favorite Henry Miller book, Quiet Days in Clichy. There isn't much crime going on in the story, aside from an episode involving a seventeen year old girl. To most uptight people in "polite" society, however, it is an amoral bible of sorts.
Further, this book has helped me determine which women in my life are repressed and which ones are truly liberated in the old mind, body and spirit. Most women I've given the book to have given it right back, furious. One of them even threw it at me. If a woman can make it through this volume without getting pissed off, it means she has an open mind.
By the way, for Miller's take on materialism in America, check out The Air-Conditioned Nightmare.
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