Hemingway’s Reading List

This is the reading list Earnest Hemingway recommended to a kid in 1934.  The kid told him he wanted to be a writer and asked him what he should, therefore, read.  Hemingway would have been 35 at the time and had authored numerous novels including The Sun Also Rises copyrighted in 1925: The Blue Hotel—Stephen…

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Knowing vs Understanding

William B. Yeats—Irish poet—said John Stuart Mill—philosopher of democracy—had a good handle on where good prose comes from when he said—I’m paraphrasing—”rhetoric is spoken but poetry is overheard.” I think he means that poetry is what you get when you’re not trying too hard.  Have you ever said “wow, I should write that down, that’s…

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