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Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Ernest Hemingway

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 4:09 am

OK. everyone who had to read Hemingway in school raise your hands…

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Fidel Castro and Ernest Hemingway

That’s about what I thought. Most of us had to read at least one or two of his books during high school or college or both. I would wager, however, that few of us have ever read much of his writing outside of the classroom. I may be an exception as I know the first Hemingway I ever read was The Old Man and the Sea which I picked up from the local library when I was eleven or twelve.

Here’s the wiki intro for Hemingway:

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

So that’s a total of ten novels, ten short story collections, and five non-fiction works. Yet, lists fourteen pages of Hemingway works. That’s a lot of collections and groupings as most “pages” list about thirty books per page.

I know that I read The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls during my high school English classes – at least the first time. I read The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories and Islands in the Stream while I was in college. I also have read a few of the Nick Adams Stories, usually excerpted in anthology series with other writers.

After Hemingway’s death in 1961, the New York Times had a short paragraph on Hemingway from many of the world’s then top writers as a part of his obituary. In 1999, The Atlantic did a “flashback” to reviews of some of Hemingway’s works from over his full career and after death as part of the centennial of his birth.

Hemingway’s IMDB shows 71 different films and TV shows based on his work. There have been a lot of short films from his short stories that have been produced in this century. A Farewell to Arms starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes was the very first production of Hemingway’s work in 1932. Cooper also starred in For Whom the Bell Tolls with Ingrid Bergman. Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, and Ava Gardner were in The Snows of Kilimanjaro. To Have and Have Not starring Bogie and Bacall got its title and many characters from a Hemingway book but according to wiki, was otherwise quite a bit different than the original storyline.

Wiki covers Hemingway’s Writing Style:

The New York Times wrote in 1926 of Hemingway’s first novel, “No amount of analysis can convey the quality of The Sun Also Rises. It is a truly gripping story, told in a lean, hard, athletic narrative prose that puts more literary English to shame.”[154] The Sun Also Rises is written in spare, tight prose that influenced countless crime and pulp fiction novels and made Hemingway famous.[155] In 1954, when Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, it was for “his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.”[156] Paul Smith writes that Hemingway’s first stories, collected as In Our Time, showed he was still experimenting with his writing style.[157] He avoided complicated syntax. About 70 percent of the sentences are simple sentences—a childlike syntax without subordination.[158]

Whatever his style, whatever his writing faults, Hemingway is undeniably one of the literary giants of the last century. And he really should not have needed all of the high school English teachers around the country to explain that to us. He told his tales well.

Late Late Night FDL: Aladdin

By: Friday April 18, 2014 10:00 pm

Marty Feldman and GonzoAladdin, from episode 518 of The Muppet Show.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, and try to only throw soft items at the screen please. This is Late Late Night Firedoglake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?

Late Night: The Roundup

By: Friday April 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Hey folks, how are you today?

International Politics


- Very interesting and informative interview on the situation in eastern Ukraine and what is actually happening in the area

- Arundhati Roy: “Another World Is Not Only Possible, She Is on Her Way

- The psychologist who helped make torture possible in Guantanamo Bay and other black sitses defends the program and admits he conducted torture as well; How sick

- The U.S. threatens more economic sanctions if Russia does not follow the recently agreed international agreement

- A former Colonel writes on the rabid pro-war feeling among Western officials to respond to Russia over eastern Ukraine

Middle East

- Opposition groups in Iran said officials use extreme violence against political dissenters in prisons

- Again, I would rarely do this compared to older Roundups, but I think this statement speaks for itself: “Why Jews must oppose muzzling of Palestine solidarity activists“; I find it interesting the author is a former executive of Northeastern University’s Hillel Foundation

- State-run Syrian news reported 14 people died and at least 50 were wounded in Homs after a car bomb exploded

- A bomb exploded in a shopping area of Baghdad, Iraq killing three people

Asia and Oceania

- At Mount Everest, 12 people died and four went missing after an avalanche

- The captain who escaped from a ferry that sank in South Korea and led to the deaths of hundreds has been arrested; A transcript found the captain delayed efforts to save passengers


- A bomb exploded in central Cairo, Egypt, which left one police officer dead and four people injured

- An education official in Nigeria said 24 school girls were released by Boko Haram, but 84 are still being held

- An anti-corruption watchdog figure in Egypt said his job has gotten fierce attacks by those in the establishement for doing his job

The Magic and Beauty of Hiding Behind Front Groups

By: Friday April 18, 2014 6:30 pm

I know that when KSFO, Savage, Beck or Limbaugh lost advertisers that didn’t necessarily mean they would lose ratings. In fact. they would keep bragging about the ratings because people were tuning in to hear the controversy.

“Russia With Love”: Alaska Gas Scandal Is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

By: Friday April 18, 2014 4:57 pm

A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska’s statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty.

It’s not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides.

The question of who owns Alaska’s natural gas and where they’re from.

The Neocon Money Machine

By: Friday April 18, 2014 3:45 pm

In 2003 writer Eli Lake declared that the neoconservatives were the “most influential wing in the current administration,” and that those empowered neoconservatives were chiefly responsible for the expedited time table to launch what would become the disastrous Iraq War. A war that would, among other things, bring Barack Obama to power as the American public near-universally rejected not just the blunders and false promises that sold the war, but the ideology underpinning it. Americans no longer saw trying to bring “democracy” by the barrel of a gun to every corner of the world as a good idea, let alone a duty worth killing and dying for.

Keystone XL Review Extended, Delaying Final Decision Until After 2014 Elections

By: Friday April 18, 2014 2:45 pm

Reuters and Politico broke a major story today that TransCanada’s northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be decided on until after the 2014 mid-term elections.

“The U.S. State Department will…extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, likely postponing a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 midterm elections.”

Clapper Goes on Tour to Persuade University Students Snowden Is No Whistleblower, Not a Hero

By: Friday April 18, 2014 1:45 pm

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is touring universities and colleges in the United States in an attempt to persuade students that they should not consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a whistleblower or a hero.

Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana in Key Presidential Swing States

By: Friday April 18, 2014 12:40 pm

In the top swing states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Iowa over 80 percent of voters back allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. It is possibly the least controversial policy issue that has not yet been adopted.

Top Ten At Ten

By: Friday April 18, 2014 11:36 am

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten.

* Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register (TNR)

* Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions (EU Observer)

* Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87 (NY Times)

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