Nin’s diary juxtaposes and dissects what she calls the two spheres of reality: nature and neurosis.
Reading her is to fall into this bardo, where the unconscious & conscious mingle, symbols are rich, and life is rendered one big marathon of psychotherapy.
“The hero of this book…is the malady which makes our lives a drama of compulsion instead of freedom.'”
To read her diary is to immerse in the experience of somebody engaged in Emerson’s call to action: earnestly pursuing an original relation to the Universe.
“While neurosis rules, all life becomes a symbolic play. This is the story I am trying to tell.”