I was going to review Hemingway’s A MOVEABLE FEAST, but…

…I am knee deep (I’m pretty tall dude so that’s pretty darn deep) into so much stuff* — stuff being formatting my two latest books HOW NOT TO DIE and SHORT VERSES & OTHER CURSES into print editions; setting up the logistics for the film adaptation of my short story “Leave” (fundraiser announcement soon – that’s right, I’m looking at you); adapting my novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR into a screenplay (so that I’ll have it to shop around when I go out to LA to work on “Leave”); and of course the latest WIP — that I’v given up on it.

If it matters, I do feel quite guilty about it…

In fact, I feel quite guilty about not publishing much at all around here lately.

Publish or perish, an all that…

But, as a consolation for my quitting on this review, I recently read this interesting read from the Paris Review, which kind of (but far from exactly) reflects my thoughts on my relationship with Hemingway, and I offer it as a very nice, if not nicer, substitute.

In addition to discussing things such as my relationship with the Big Papa, I also had good intention (and we all know what the path to hell is paved with) to compare and contrast Hemingway’s view of Fitzgerald and Paris in the Twenties as found in his memoir with the beat up protagonist in Fitzgerald’s short story (perhaps a view similar to one he had of himself) “Babylon Revisited” (one of the best short stories ever put to paper).

I probably would have giddily gushed a bit about Woody’s “Midnight In Paris,” too…

However, because of all the stuff presented above and the nice PR essay, I lost my head of steam for it all and this is as far as I got/am getting with it…

The Romance versus the Reality of Hemingway’s Paris of the “Lost Generation”

by Ernest Hemingway

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

Ernest Hemingway
If you want to see what I think Hemingway and other authors would like as clowns, click here.


The memoir >>

The short story >>


Rating System:
★ = Unreadable
★ ★ = Poor Read
★ ★ ★ = Average Read
★ ★ ★ ★ = Outstanding Read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ = Exceptional Read

That’s it. That’s alls I gots…

Pretty lame, I know; but what can say other than that the offer I presented in my “Hey Reader, What’s Your Angle?” post still stands. I’m still looking for good reviews to read, and perhaps reblog, that illustrate your reading and critiquing strategy… a bonus now for me would be ones that discuss Hemingway and/or Fitzgerald.

Can a brother get a link or two to a review, or what?


*Isn’t it funny how I’m always whining about how much I have to do, yet I somehow still found the time to promote inform you about all the stuff I have to do? Weird.


19 Replies to “I was going to review Hemingway’s A MOVEABLE FEAST, but…”

  1. I’ve not read as much Hemingway as I should. A Farewell To Arms destroyed me the first time that I read it, and there’s an elegance to his work that demands a bit of quiet before it sinks in that he’s being that spare on purpose. I’m working with my agent on legacy publishing so it’s a lot of editing and posting the short pieces here to keep the creative muscles going. So it’s a good problem to have, too many good books to catch up on and too much writing to power through. The obstacle is the way, Kurt, the obstacle is the way.

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    1. Often it feels as if the obstacle is simply in the way. I tend to lose focus when too many balls/obstacles are in the air for me to juggle. One reason I like self-publishing is because I can allow my OCD-like tendencies to get wrapped around all the technical nitnoids of the process and not feel too guilty about not writing because it is of the writing. At least that’s how I allow myself to be assuaged anyway. Of course you’re right, though – it’s a good problem to have.

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      1. See, I got into this for the writing and I would rather have people who were passionate about their respective fields so that I can sit there and make the best possible book I can. Plus, it gives me more time to read even as there is far less immediate gratification in pitching to publishers through the agent. Swings and roundabouts, Kurt, I would say.

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  2. I respect Hemingway as a writer — no one could edit a sentence down to its sparsest detail and still make it sing quite like he did — but I wasn’t fond of his stories. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, makes me swoon. In a “ohmygodcouldthatguywrite” kind of way.

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      1. I wonder why you never finished them. I can’t remember how many times I’ve read For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. They both are so moving. A Clean Well-Lighted Place ranks at the very top of my favorite short stories and HLWE has perhaps my favorite line of dialogue – “Would you please please … stop talking?” Powerful stuff.

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        1. Those two you mentioned were included in my uni professor’s list of required reading. And we just had to choose from the list. I guess because the list included Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Camus and Marquez so I chose their novels instead. But I should read Hemingway. I know I should. :)

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