Hate to promote drinking especially when it has had such a negative impact on so many lives. But could it have possibly extended Hemingway’s life and art? Was alcohol something that could have made his life bearable up to that point it was no longer bearable? Would he have lasted so long without self-medicating? We don’t know, but it’s possible. Regardless, alcohol played an important … Continue reading How to drink like Hemingway
Maybe a better question to start this conversation would be “did the picaresque novel ever have a place in American literature?” The picaresque novel is defined in the Oxford dictionary as “relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.” When I think of the picaresque the first story that comes to mind is Don … Continue reading Does the Picaresque Novel Still Have a Place in American Literature?
When starting the first book, all that’s wanted is to finish it. When it’s finished, all that’s wanted is for it to get published. When it’s published, all that is wanted is for people to read it and like it. Then it’s on to the second book. How do you write a second book? It has to be better than the first, yet you have … Continue reading Writing Your Second Book
Reading Dr. Allen Josephs’ book On Hemingway and Spain: Essays and Reviews 1970-2013, I came across a great little nugget of information that Josephs has observed about how Hemingway wrote. These were 5 keys to Hemingway’s method: 1) inventing from experience 2) omitting 3) visualizing 4)making the reader feel it 5)secretly writing poetry I try to remember these things when I write. Not because I … Continue reading Keys to Hemingway’s Writing
I’ve been away for a while. Because, to paraphrase Hemingway, if you talk about it you can lose it. But I’m not superstitious. That’s what I tell myself anyway. But for the past couple of weeks I’ve been talking to a publisher of a small independent press. He is very optimistic about my novel. His editor said he can work with it, which is a … Continue reading Tuesday is the Day