Last spring we visited Key West. Of course we toured the Hemingway home. That was Vikram’s 9th birthday week. Being a natural reader, he couldn’t leave the premises without a book. What to buy? The novels and stories that introduced me to Hemingway --- A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, the Nick Adams … Continue reading The Old Man. The Sea.
Southwest. Demanding the best of its passengers. Headed home from the Keys, I dropped in this classic. It must be very strange in an airplane, he thought. I wonder what the sea looks like from that height? They should be able to see the fish well if they do not fly too high. I would like to … Continue reading Literature Only
Flying out early tomorrow for Papa's haunt, Key West. A question he never considered on his many travels. My flight spans breakfast and lunch (DC-Buffalo-Ft. Lauderdale... don't ask, it was cheapest). The airlines have decided they can hide value by disappearing a reasonable meal from the fare. If it were me alone I'd tighten the … Continue reading Tinfoiled Again
Papa, Pirates, & Pork Booty In Episode 3 of "this is what i do when i should be..." we explore Michigan's Upper Peninsula, not far from Hemingway's boyhood haunt of Walloon Lake near Petoskey. Other side of Mackinac Bridge in Lake Huron lie Les Chenaux Islands, where we were graciously hosted by Nina Abnee, daughters Louise … Continue reading this is what i do when… #3
Among the acknowledgements listed back of my debut novel is Barry H. Leeds, Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at CCSU. Hemingway, Mailer, Kesey—these were the writers Dr. Leeds expounded to us, models who wrote tough, lean sentences and big, enduring books. I worked like hell to write the strong prose Dr. Leeds demanded in his … Continue reading Heroes In Literature