Should we still read Ernest Hemingway in the 21st century? Also, 7 other things worth knowing today.
As Hemingway himself may have answered: “Isn’t it pretty to think so.”
Absolutely! Hemingway, like Thomas Hardy of Britain, the "last great novelist of the Twentieth Century", epitomizing (in an entertaining way) what made his country great. Yes, I know Hardy wrote no novels after "Jude the Obscure" in the 1890s, but he lived well into the 1920s. And if you grew up on the coast, "Islands in the Stream" (not the movie) was Hemingway's best. The trash the kids are supposed to read in school over the past half century by the "enlightened" progressive PhD-led education "experts" explains exactly why we now have the type of individual present in the Oval Office. Wake up, America.
This is Beautiful. I don’t usually read this expecting tears. But they are here! Beautiful writing, by you, about a man who also writes beautifully. Well Done!
Great writing by you and Jay Wolfe today. Loved both your pieces!
Thank you for this. It made my soul happy this morning.
I’ll have to read Hemingway again! Also, relative to the 7 other things, if folks think Hemingway is obsolete, how about Macys!
I choose not to judge Eh-ming-way by comtemporary standards. When I read The Sun Also Rises in college in 1965, I was smitten. What an awesome book!
Thanks Jay. Nice piece. Fondly recall my visit to Cuba and various EMW haunts
Best thing you're written in the two years I've been reading. Loved every sentence. Bravo! :-)
This important American author shouldn't be ignored or minimized. Thanks Bill, for including this story.
Ohh, what a marvelous -- and hopeful, uplifting (and beautifully written) -- article, "Eh-ming-way," by Jay Alan Wolfe! Bill, you always have such WONDERFUL stuff on Understandably.com! Your blog is my go-to, "only-one-read-every-single-day" check-in with the world out there... I don't imbibe much news anymore, relying mostly on Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, and the other late-night comedians for my news updates and details ツ, and I certainly don't follow Hollywood anymore, and have pretty much let recipes and even dog stories go by the wayside these days... -- but the rarefied air (for me) of REAL reporting and commentary, actual thought-provoking, world-perspective journalism shared with us each morning by your efforts fills my 75-year-old heart with joy and appreciation... In this day and age (compared to the "Walter Cronkite times" on which I journalistically teethed), in which I find daily disappointment at missing the remembrance of correct grammar and sense of connection with the quality and genuine, juicy pleasure and wonder of exploring overviews of life and the world with the guidance of Real Reporting Pros -- I still find satisfaction and true enjoyment and encouragement from your offerings... Many, many thanks for being such a mensch and a wonderful, smart, darling guy with excellent taste and friends, who all contribute to our ability to participate in the world with what I consider real perspectives and values and understanding... Sincerely, Nancy E. Wood, Oklahoma City
This was great. I went to Spain a couple years back!!!
This was such an uplifting hopeful piece!!
This morning at 6am, upon eagerly grabbing my phone for my 10 minutes of Understandably bliss before dealing with the realities of my day, I was greeted with more than a mere grouping of articles.
I was transported to distant shores, experienced chance encounters…lived moments so rich that by the end…an end that so cleverly tied the beautiful story together…I raised a fist to toast my satisfaction and willingly unveil my emotions. BRAVO!
This…this is why I read every day.
Ok…every weekday. And I’m always greeted with more than a mere grouping of articles.
Thanks , Jay Wolfe, for sharing something rather transcendent about the place and effects of good writers. As a regular reader and bibliophile, it’s just nice to read such a story as yours.
Eh-mingway. “What if someone doesn’t like to read?” My friend responded when we were discussing children’s literature and my distaste for what I call ‘situational’ stories. “At least they’re reading,” she continued. True. What I was trying to get at was something deeper: perhaps we no longer teach children How to read - a theory that can be applied to all ages. Maybe one doesn’t like an author (fill in the blank w one of a multitude of reasons). Maybe the subject matter seems irrelevant or distasteful or even boring. Especially in a world where people seem to gravitate toward those who are like themselves, in a world where we dearly need to try to understand and connect with people who are different (yet often find some commonality), learning How to read can transcend all the fuss when we can identify what someone else is thinking, feeling, saying. Books, old and new can remind us who we were and are and where we came from and how far we’ve come - and so much more.
I'm sorry, but I LOVE the dad jokes! Instead of saying another "horrible dad joke," how about "another wonderful dad joke!" No one should be bothered by one sentence in your newsletter that is funny and lighthearted since we could use more of this in this world. Keep 'em coming!