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Hemingway is one of

23 Nov

singularity, singular ideas and words, concepts and visions.  Singular characters, character studies.  This is not to support assertions of his writing as simplistic or rushed, but that his sentences convey applaudable levels of certainty.  Last week I mentioned ‘confidence’, and, yes, it speaks to that read as well.  He begins Chapter 5 by addressing the people, and if they’re avoided the day promises more, and more to him being a writer.  He refers to them as impediments and suppressors, then going on to say the atmosphere itself holds the relief and the inspiration, focusing on goats and watching their movements like one studying a group of people.  The goats fascinate Hem in a way people at that moment cannot.  And, he keeps repeating the word “goat” as if to suggest he wishes he could just roam the Paris streets like them, be observed and studied like them, distancing himself from people altogether.  Then, in Chapter 6 to further support Hem’s aversion to people on some occasions, “Racing never came between us, only people could do that…”.  He later says, “I was going to races alone more now…” What is Hemingway’s view of people, and do you agree that he sees them as a bit of a bother?  His view of Ms. Stein seems to have eroded and become a bit infected not so much by her arrogance or outspokenness, but by his perception of her and the occasional antagonizing of Stein.

But still, Hemingway continues with this memoir or laying-out of portraits with indefatigable indifference.  And although his perception of people may at times appear a bit harsh, or too directed, he does need them for the writing, and he can’t write without these people, the characters that revolve around him like Parisian pigeons.  Hemingway also continues to show affinity for time and the feel of the air, the temperature and what it does to his writing and attitude, to his “work”.  And it’s all work to Hemingway, all competition, and no wonder he lets things end with Stein as he does, and interacts with Walsh and Ezra as he does, with short answers and listening more than talking.  To Hemingway, it’s all a boxing match.

With his narrative style, his storytelling command, what else is he showing you?  Remember, this was written at a time in Hem’s life where everything was in decline and decay, from his physical and mental health to his relationships.  Was he trying to live as he did in Paris, one last time, with this manuscript?  Remember earlier when he wrote “The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it.” Is it just a story he’s talking about, or is it his life, THE story…  HIS story.  Maybe he just wanted one last, singular hurrah before his story ended, before the Feast stopped moving…..

For HW:  (due next Monday) Finish the book, write out your official conclusions as to what that whole memoir was about..  PLEASE post your reactions below for a possible 5 points, and feel free to respond to each other and engage each other, or me, in conversation on Hemingway’s singular intention with ‘Feast’.  Or, concerning anything in the book.

Happy Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you when you get back.



9/16/15 Meeting — the draft

16 Sep

Drafts are a funny thing, I’ve always thought.  Hemingway said the first draft of anything’s shit, but I disagree–  OR, it doesn’t have to be.  For today, let’s focus on the feels of the papers; how the topics are introduced, how they’re supported and how you incorporate not only evidence from the text but your outside sources as well.  And then, how you wrap it up.


And Mr. Wolff?  What are your thoughts on his attitude, thus far?  Granted, we only read two of his short works, but there’s an obvious presence on the page, wouldn’t you say? 

Let’s go through his stories, and see what observations in his prose should be noted…

Good Morning!!

23 Feb

Anybody writing?? Please bring something to read tomorrow morning! Poem, prose, story, sketch, journal entry, experimental prose.. Whatever!!

IMG_4650(Handwritten Page by Ernest Hemingway)

Thoughts from Yesterday?

20 Feb

Please post them below, anything you’d like! This morning, reading over my notes on Hemingway and Plath.. I scribbled: “Turning pages in your story, no one else, writing the content, determine the steps.” Both these stories deal with destiny and capturing it on page. But what do you see?
Enjoy Your Weekend!

Dearest 1A —

17 Feb

Just arrived home and yes I’m having another cup. Thank you all so sincerely for a lively meeting this morning and sharing all your findings and identifications with Plath and Dickinson, Hemingway. While reading Papa’s manuscript, please note what he shares, what he observes and how he does so (sentence length). Also, note his working of dialogue, who he shows speaking and how he does so, how he introduces them… Of course pay attention to mood and how he sounds in his delivery of “facts”. Is it as journalistic as I offered, or is it rather gentle, or easy? Do you agree with my idea that this is more a “string of sketches” than a coherent memoir, so far?
Please, as well, don’t forget about Plath and Dickinson! Review your notes and found poems when you have a spare second. Find some more, if you wish (which I advise). Aside from being female poets who addressed death and danced with and in depression, what else do we see.. in their words, in how they structure their poems, in how they title or begin them (hint!). I’ve always seen these two as instructional, as I said, but what I failed to mention today is that they are especially relevant today, with all the distractions of technology and popular culture and certain social vices which make it even more difficult for us as modern readers and people to cement or even acknowledge an identity.. OUR identity.
From what we read in class today, Hemingway-wise, I want to bring special attention to the paragraph on page 17 where he writes “I looked at her and she disturbed me and made me very excited.” Why would he use the word ‘disturbed’? Does this highlight something about Hemingway and where he is and his artistic practice and choice of subject? Or does it say something about the time in which he wrote it, and how women were valued and perceived? Let us know Thursday! He also on that same page, next paragraph, says “…I was having a hard time keeping up with it [the story].” What impact do you think it has on a writer like Hemingway when he experiences this kind of momentum and energy with his writing, his project and sitting?
So what did you write during the freewrite today, to the image? Please feel free to post below. Again, this is from the National Geographic site, photography section, and I’ve always found the photos not just engaging and provocative, but educational, they teach me so much about the world and the Human condition and they reinforce so many times over that there’s so much I haven’t seen, done! So, anyway, please post your work below if you wish and continue to visit that site if every at a loss for inspiration, or if you’re thirsty for some riling visuals.
Thanks again for this morning’s meeting and I’ll see you all in the other room, Thursday. Please come to class with some observations and thoughts, on Hemingway, written in your journals! Stay reading and stay writing… Stay Mentally Alive and FREE! (Remember the Fredrick Douglas quote from class, today…..)

Good Morning Everyone, Both 1A & 1B!

16 Feb

Hope you’re all doing wonderfully this early morning and have enjoyed some time off. Please come tomorrow with your Dickinson and Plath Poems, and bring the next text to be read; 1A, Hemingway, and Plath for 1B. I’d like to examine the female presence vs male and examples of feminist expression. That is, a voice for the empowerment and equality, and possibly retribution, of women. Now, in 1A we’ll be reading Hemingway, so we’ll be exploring this beacon of hyper-masculinity and seeing how the shorter poems of Plath & Dickinson have the same “might” of Papa’s longer prose manuscript, among other thought streams and Roads… Please come with notes prepared and some coffee if you need it, be awake(!!), as I’m sipping now, at 6:23, trying to keep up with my son…. Enjoy Your Day! – Mike

I am nobody! Who are you?emily-dickinson
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us – don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog.

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Hemingway Thoughts, Observations–

1 Nov

PLEASE LOG THEM ALL HERE.  Anything.  From dialogue to images to tone to characters.. whatever you like.  Remember, this exploration of Hemingway is purely reactionary, our thoughts and what we see on his pages.