October 15, 2014
"There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and blasting it out with charges."

— Ernest Hemingway

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October 12, 2014
At Hemingway’s House

At Hemingway’s House

We tried to feel his once presence here,

but the life energy had been transformed.

The tour group took pictures without ghosts.

The staff set tables for a wedding.

I saw Kilimanjaro snow on his table.


Hemingway’s writing table in his Key West home.

He acquired the home in 1931 and lived and wrote there until he divorced Pauline in 1940. She got the home in the divorce and continued to live there…

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July 28, 2014
"Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he enough to write them well."

Ernest Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition

July 21, 2014
The Sun Also Rises & A Farewell to Arms

Today is the 115th birthday of writer Ernest Hemingway, born in Oak Park, Illinois (1899).

On his 26th birthday, he began his first novel. He said, “Everybody my age had written a novel and I was still having a difficult time writing a paragraph.” He wrote in hotels and bars in Madrid and the French town of Hendaye, and in an apartment in Paris. He finished the first draft just two months after he had begun writing. He told a friend years later: “Toward the last it was like a fever. Toward the last I was sprinting, like in a bicycle race, and I did not want to lose my speed making love or anything else.”

This novel, titled Fiesta, then revised to The Lost Generation, and finally to The Sun Also Riseswas published in 1926.

His mother wrote to him: “It is a doubtful honor to produce one of the filthiest books of the year. […] Every page fills me with a sick loathing — if I should pick up a book by any other writer with such words in it, I should read no more — but pitch it in the fire.”

For Hemingway’s second novel, A Farewell To Arms (1929), his editor had a conference with Scribner to discuss Hemingway’s use of four-letter words. In the end, three words were not included in A Farewell to Arms, but replaced by dashes.

Hemingway wrote those words back in by hand on a couple of copies, including one that he gave to James Joyce.

A Farewell to Arms became a best-seller, selling 100,000 copies in its first year, and Hemingway was able to make a living writing fiction.

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July 21, 2014
"Best of all he loved the fall
The leaves yellow on the cottonwoods
Leaves floating on the trout streams
And above the hills
The high blue windless skies
Now he will be a part of them forever"

Ernest Hemingway - born July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, IL

Ernest Hemingway is buried in Ketchum, Idaho, but on a memorial outside town overlooking Trail Creek is this eulogy that he wrote in 1939 for a friend (Gene Van Guilder) - but it applies pretty well to his own life.

June 28, 2014
Two Views

 ”The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.” -Ernest Hemingway

and then there is

"All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books." -Jean-Paul Sartre

June 20, 2014
"Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is."

—   Ernest Hemingway

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June 5, 2014
Nick Adams

We met years after he was dead,

by a river in the Michigan woods,

We fished for trout, read good books,

and talked around the campfire.

He was a brother I never had.

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May 18, 2014
"Let’s lie very still and quiet and hold each other and not think at all."

Ernest Hemingway - The Garden of Eden

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May 2, 2014
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life


Ernest Hemingway at his home in Cuba, the Finca Vigia, 1954

Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He told reporters when it was announced that Carl Sandburg, Isak Dinesen and Bernard Berenson were more worthy.

But the cash award was good and he was going through one of his many bouts of depression and recovering from two consecutive plane crashes that had nearly…

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May 1, 2014
"For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

— Ernest Hemingway - Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

April 10, 2014
Day 100 of 2014

Day 100 of 2014


100 poems to start this year’s practice.

Work every day, wrote Hemingway, No matter

what has happened the day or night

before. Writing the day, I awaken early,

get up and bite on the nail.


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April 9, 2014
"I love you and I always will and I am sorry.
What a useless word."

Ernest Hemingway from The Garden of Eden

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March 25, 2014
Write the truest sentence you know.

Write the truest sentence you know.

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February 9, 2014
"It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing."

—  Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises

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