The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Papa Hemingway



A friend of mine sent me a link concerning one of Ernest Hemingway's writings.  I was glad he sent it, for it gave me a moment to think back to when I was very much involved as a hobby with the study of Heminway's works and had amassed a whole collection of those works plus upwards of 50 different biographies about the man.  I find a lot to admire in Hemingway.  True, he had faults (But, really who does not?), but overall, he was a remakable person, writer, and man. 

From the impetus of that e-mail, I have gone to the bookshelf where I have had the amassed collection of his works and biographies about him that I have, dusted off the tomes, and have selected one work (the first I read, "The Snows of Kilamanjaro") and one biography (Fuentes, "Hemingway in Cuba") to read again.  Perhaps it will spark my interest and curiosity again like it did so long ago when I first was given a copy of his work by one of my major professors in graduate school. 

So, a thank you goes to the friend who sent me the link.  It was nice to receive, and it has surprisingly given me a very pleasant focal point upon which to devote some time. 

Boston was a nice trip.  My talk was well received.  And, as a member of the executive board of the scientific organization where I presented my research, it was nice to see some old friends I only get to see sproradically (usually at these meetings).  On one of the evenings, we were sitting, talking, and drinking some particularly robust dark beer (I do not recall the name/type, as I simply consumed each refilled mug I was given), and the evening, the talk, and the beer helped to elevate my mood.  The task is to try to keep my mood up.  That is the conundrum.  But, I must say again, that I appreciated the link, which drew me back into the world of Ernest Hemingway.

PipeTobacco


13 Comments:

Blogger BBC said...

Sure he had faults, but he lived with them pretty well.

Always nice to spend an evening with others over a few drinks.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013  
Blogger forsythia said...

The computer acted up, so you might have already received my comment for moderation. I just said that I'm glad your talk went well and that your mood is somewhat improved. I also played the nanny here--said that I wasn't sure how well beer worked as a mood elevator in the long run. My particular "drug" is candy. I eat some and feel good, but then I eat some more and feel rotten. So be careful not to overdo it.( Did alcohol help Hemingway's black moods?) I'm just saying--to you and to myself as well--be judicious. I think longer days will put a "spring" back in your step.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013  
Blogger BBC said...

I don't recall much of what I read about Hemingway, it's been many years, but he was a lucky man in that he lived in a time when there was a hell of a lot less of us, I suspect he would be a very disturbed man today.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013  
Blogger BBC said...

Forsythia..... Booze is the prozac of champions. :-)

Thursday, 28 March, 2013  
Blogger harry said...

Hemingway was a hack.

For a real writer try some Jack London or Dashiell Hammett.

Friday, 29 March, 2013  
Blogger forsythia said...

To BBC:

Yes, I guess so. As Dorothy Parker (?) observed, "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker."

Friday, 29 March, 2013  
Blogger forsythia said...

For BBC: Yes, I guess so. As DOrothy Parker (?) said, "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker."

Friday, 29 March, 2013  
Blogger billy pilgrim said...

bbc makes an excellent point.

Friday, 29 March, 2013  
Blogger BBC said...

His books were so so, what was interesting about him was his life.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013  
Blogger Leslie said...

I agree with Harry. And men who like Hemingway are rarely worth knowing.

Comment moderation and now this. Any other bad news, P-Frump?

Saturday, 30 March, 2013  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

Everyone:

Thank you for your comments. My appreciation of Hemingway is mostly towards his seemingly endless seeking of adventure. As I have read numerous biographies of his life, I know he also had many faults. Yet, I still appreciate the man and the good things he did do.

PipeTobacco

Saturday, 30 March, 2013  
Blogger BBC said...

He did have a lot of adventures.

Forsythia..... The way I heard it was, "Candy is dandy but sex won't rot your teeth." :-)

Sunday, 31 March, 2013  
Blogger harry said...

What do you think of Raymond Chandler P Frumps?

Or some Eric Ambler; the older the better.

Friday, 05 April, 2013  

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