I love to look up daily, weekly, and monthly observances. You never know what someone's celebrating at any given time. I mean, hey, there are days to celebrate chocolate, coffee, AND wine!!! Who'd want to miss that? But what if there should be a day about something or someone, and there's not? Author S.S. Hampton Sr. believes there should be a day for erotica pioneer, Anais Nin. Now that it's February, the month of love, I think he's right. Read on!
You know, when I think about it, I think there should be an Anaïs Nin (ana’is ‘nin) Day.
Why, you ask?
Well, why not? Okay. I see people need a little more information about why.
Nin was born in France in 1903 where her Cuban parents were living at the time. After her parents separated she and her family moved to Spain, and later to America. It was in America that she quit school at the age of 16 and became an artist’s model. She married and when she and her husband moved to France, she became intrigued by French erotic books. It was in France that she began her writing career, in addition to becoming a flamenco dancer. Nin also embarked upon a series of love affairs, including a possible ménage a troi relationship and lesbian relationship, with playwright Henry Miller and his wife June; Nin also later confessed to her infatuation with the artist Bridget Bate Tichenor. Her literary circle at the time included not only Miller, but other notables including John Steinbeck and Gore Vidal. It was also during that time, in need of money, that she and several friends wrote a series of erotic and pornographic short stories for an anonymous private collector. Much later, after her death from cancer in early 1977, her stories were released in a pair of anthologies, Delta of Venus and Little Birds.
Though erotic literature has enjoyed a long and celebrated history, it was through her writings that Nin became one of the first publicly known female erotic writers, and indeed, recognized as an excellent writer of that genre. That was a rarity in the 1930s and 1940s. But then, she was not one for allowing herself to be shaped by a cookie cutter mold. She was her own person who apparently unafraid and unashamedly explored, enjoyed, and celebrated her own sexuality, as well as the sexuality of others, including her father. No matter what others may have thought of her history and lifestyle, she was recognized by many as a literary influence in her own right, including receiving “an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art”.
So, to recognize and celebrate a woman who lived her life in a manner that many might admire but never admit to such admiration, is why I think there should be an Anaïs Nin Day.
Stan Hampton, Sr. is a full-blood Choctaw of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a divorced grandfather to 13 grandchildren, and a published author, photographer and photojournalist. He retired in 2013 from the Nevada Army National Guard with the rank of Sergeant First Class; he previously served in the active duty Army, and the Army Individual Ready Reserve (mobilized for the Persian Gulf War). He enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard in October 2004, after which he was mobilized for Federal active duty for almost three years. Hampton is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom, with deployment to northern Kuwait and several convoy security missions into Iraq.
He has had two solo photographic exhibitions and curated a multi-media exhibit. His writings have appeared as stand-alone stories and in anthologies from Dark Opus Press, Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy, Melange Books, Musa Publishing, MuseItUp Publishing, Ravenous Romance, and in Horror Bound Magazine, The Harrow, and River Walk Journal, among others.
As of April 2014, after being in a 2-year Veterans Administration program for Homeless Veterans, Hampton is officially no longer a homeless Iraq War veteran.
In May 2014 he graduated from the College of Southern Nevada with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Photography – Commercial Photography Emphasis. He has been studying at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with in a double major in Art and English. However, he is presently spending a cold, rainy Spring 2017 semester studying at a university in southwestern France in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains.
But, after 16 years of brown desert in the Southwest and overseas, he misses the Rocky Mountains, yellow aspens in the fall, running rivers, and a warm fireplace during snowy winters.
Hampton can be found at:
Barnes and Noble
Dark Opus Press
Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
Amazon.com Author Page
Amazon.com. UK Author Page
Goodreads Author Page