Tag: Hemingway

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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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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It used to be that the way you got famous was by catching a big fish.  The world was wide and large.  The small towns that made the world had newspapers.  And those newspapers were farm teams for the bigger newspapers.  Sometimes, something horrible would happen and that was reported.  But good things would happen […]

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“Make It Don’t Say It” The action creates the feeling.  You cannot tell someone how to feel by describing your own.  You can only show them.  The implicit demand behind “do you love me?” has worked zero times in the history of abstract thought. “All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write […]

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I finally read Moby Dick start to finish.  I started it a decade ago but, obviously, was not ready for it.  At 35, I picked it up again and could not have done this any sooner than now, regrettably true as that is.  But age is just a number; a point of departure; an index. I’m one day […]

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Your Authentic Self Stories create and lose unimaginable wealth.  Stories start, fight, win, and lose wars.  Stories build and destroy whole cultures.  Stories inspire, and stories heal.  How can I learn the art of story? Copy The Pros In James Mitchener’s book “Poland” he recounts that nation’s birth.  Births are necessarily painful, in all forms. […]

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