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 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The "best" line in that film is from Hemingway:

"People don't come here to get drunk, they come here to STAY drunk!"

 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

I's wants me one o' dem Papa Dobles!

 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

from the NY Times (print), March 27--

When Richard Marek was a young editor at Scribner’s in Manhattan in the early 1960s, he was entrusted with one of the literary world’s most important manuscripts, “A Moveable Feast,” Ernest Hemingway’s intimate portrait of his life as an unknown writer in Paris in the 1920s.

Hemingway had scrawled his edits in the margins of the manuscript. Mr. Marek planned to go over it at home, and carefully slipped the pages into an envelope before getting on the subway near his Midtown office.

But once he arrived home, on the Upper West Side, he didn’t have the envelope. He realized he had left it on the subway.

Panic ensued. He sobbed all night and told himself, “My career is over.”

The next morning, he went to the subway’s lost and found and saw to his astonishment that someone had turned in the envelope.

And his career was far from over.

Mr. Marek, who died on Sunday at 86 at his home in Westport, Conn. — the cause was esophageal cancer, his wife, Dalma Heyn, said — was one of New York’s most prominent editors and publishers.

 Posted:   Apr 26, 2020 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

I completed the entire novel a few hours ago.

It was recommended by a 91-year-old friend who said it was his favorite Hemingway.

Got word he died exactly a week ago. In a NJ nursing home. Coronavirus. It figures. He was 95. Oh man...

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2020 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

"Mr. Hamill is of a generation that believes that a man could learn to be a man by reading Hemingway."

Before I click on that Olde Times link, is the article anything like his "Why Sinatra Matters" or the John Milius quote about how John Ford and John Wayne "taught us to be men"?

Amazing--"Why Sinatra Matters" is alluded to right after the Hemingway mention. I used to read Breslin all the time in my early Daily News years, never really touched Hamill. Have been well aware of it, never read it but the Times article has me juiced so I'm getting "A Drinking Life" from the library. Man these guys could write film noir, no camera required.

I was hooked instantly from the first page of "A Drinking Life." Have never forgotten Ben Gazzara telling Johnny C what it was like on an early summer evening on the streets of Brooklyn back in the day. Hamill is nailing it something fierce. Only a matter of time before "egg creams" came up and didn't fail to bring a smile. I've had friends who grew up in Brooklyn and as adults made their way into the burb and not one of 'em failed to bring up egg creams. Makes me think too of Martin Sloan, Homewood and a chocolate soda with 3 scoops ("...and it was only a dime...").

Wow it was under a year ago that I finally read the thing and now he's gone. Amazing he made it to 85.

 Posted:   Aug 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

He idolized Hemingway and covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland. He lived in Dublin, Barcelona, Mexico City, Saigon, San Juan, Rome and Tokyo. But his roots were in New York, where he pounded out stories about murders, strikes, the World Series, championship fights, jazz or politics, and then got drunk after work with buddies at the Lion’s Head in Greenwich Village.

 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Collect 'em all!

Although I'm still making my way through Volume 4 (1929-1931), I have Volume 5 as well. This series just keeps getting better.

 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Collect 'em all!

Although I'm still making my way through Volume 4 (1929-1931), I have Volume 5 as well. This series just keeps getting better.

It took you that long to read them? Welcome home, troll.

 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

These huge books are also annotated--it takes even a non-Horner fan such as myself a bit of time to wade through Hemingway's correspondentical brilliance.

 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Good to see you back smile

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2020 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Good to see you back smile

Thank you, Bill. The next pint's on...Graham Watt.

As for the aforementioned Letters of Ernest Hemingway, the recently-published volume 5 catches Our Man Papa at an interesting time, in that he has now crested, artistically speaking. Much of the first third of volume 4 (1929-1931) finds Hemingway bitching mightily about the censorship and outright banning of his 1929 masterwork, A Farewell to Arms.

It's interesting to note that the Nazis included Hemingway's works in their infamous book burnings. I have yet to even crack open volume 5, so I hope there are letters in which Hemingway gives his thoughts about that odious act.

Mrs. Phelps and I will hopefully be in Key West in late October for a return trip to the Hemingway house.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Not sure if this was already mentioned here, but I recommend this fine article detailing Hemingway's time in Wyoming:

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I assume you saw this story in the New Yorker

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I assume you saw this story in the New Yorker

Never assume, TNG...never!

I had not, and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

YES, thank you, TNG!

 Posted:   Aug 30, 2020 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

A delightful interview with Sylvia Beach, owner of the Shakespeare & Company bookshop. This interview was conducted in 1962:

Best line? Beach recalling the end of Nazi-occupied Paris: "We were liberated by Hemingway." big grin

 Posted:   Sep 2, 2020 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Paris in the Twenties", a 1961 episode of CBS' The Twentieth Century, hosted by Walter Cronkite. Interviews with the likes of Janet Flanner and Man Ray.

A program like this fascinates me not just for its content, but for how the Lost Generation time period was viewed by society, circa 1961.

 Posted:   Sep 3, 2020 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Seeing Paris: On the Boulevards (1920s):

Despite the film being from the 1920s, a decade well into the era of modernism (which I think of as having began in 1905), the city looks positively prehistoric with all its horses-and-carriages.

 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm looking forward to reading Exile's Return by Malcolm Cowley, which arrived at the Phelps Dacha unscathed by the tropical rain that drenched South Florida yesterday:

"The adventures and attitudes shared by the American writers dubbed “the lost generation”, are brought to life in this book of prose works. Feeling alienated in the America of the 1920s, Fitzgerald, Crane, Hemingway, Wilder, Dos Passos, Cowley and others “escaped” to Europe, as exiles."

Excerpts from the book I've read immediately pulled me into that Lost Generation world. I have a feeling I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this one.

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