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Entries from October 31st, 2012

On Scott Fitzgerald – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on On Scott Fitzgerald – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Literature, Writing

His talent was a natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he […]

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A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Literature, Reading Related

To have come on all this new world of writing (Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoyevsky, Gogol & Turgenev), with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you. You could take with you […]

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The Eyes of an Unsuccessful Rapist – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Eyes of an Unsuccessful Rapist – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Writing

Some people show evil as a great race horse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. Lewis did not show evil; he just looked nasty. Walking home I tried to think what he reminded me of and there were various things. They were all medical except toe-jam and that was a slang […]

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Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Newspapers, Quotes, The Media

In those days may people went to the cafes at the corner of the Boulevard Montparnasse and the Boulevard Raspail to be seen publicly and in a way such places anticipated the columnists as the daily substitutes for immortality.

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Everything Leaves and Emptiness When It Stops – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Everything Leaves and Emptiness When It Stops – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Quotes

By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.

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You Should Only Read What is Truly Good or is Frankly Bad – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Should Only Read What is Truly Good or is Frankly Bad – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Culture, Elitism, Reading Related

‘Huxley is a dead man,’ Miss Stein said. ‘Why do you want to read a dead man? Can’t you see he is dead?’ I could not see, then, that he was a dead man and I said that his books amused me and kept me from thinking. ‘You should only read what is truly good […]

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You Have Always Written Before and you Will Write Now – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Have Always Written Before and you Will Write Now – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Psychology, Quotes, Writing

But sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the splutter of blue they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs […]

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A Book of Fiction May Throw Some Light on What Has Been Written as Fact – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Book of Fiction May Throw Some Light on What Has Been Written as Fact – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Quotes, Writing

If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.

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Generation Y – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Generation Y – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Culture

His feeling of having crashed did not consist of envy, exactly, or even entirely of having outlived himself. It was more like despair about the world’s splinteredness. The nation was fighting ugly ground wars in two countries, the planet was heating up like a toaster oven, and here at the 9:30, all around him, were […]

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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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