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Here’s Your Chance To Be In A Film About Hemingway

Here’s your chance to be in the pictures.

Casting for a movie about Ernest Hemingway is about to get underway in Miami and Los Angeles. According to Project Casting, Anthony Hopkins has been rumored to play Hemingway.

What type of roles are they casting for?

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You Know You Want Hemingway’s Hamburger Recipe

Yesterday, issues of race. Today, hamburgers.

That’s 101 Books for you, friends. You never know what might pop up on this blog.

The image below is Ernest Hemingway’s hamburger recipe, via the BBC and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Is it any surprise that Papa liked his burgers pink and juicy in the middle?

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The Style Sheet That Influenced Hemingway

This is a copy of the style sheet Ernest Hemingway used while working at The Kansas City Star early in his career as a writer.

It’s a little difficult to read. But if you can read it, there’s still a lot of good, relevant advice in there–especially considering he used it in 1917.

Hemingway said he was heavily influenced by this style sheet throughout his career.

Take a look at the PDF.

Notice the first few sentences in the top left of the page: “Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English.”

Yeah, that’s definitely Hemingway.

Some other excerpts:

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125 Hemingways Enter. Only 1 Hemingway Survives.

From the land of strange:

A couple of weeks ago, Tampa, Florida hosted the 33rd annual Sloppy Joe’s “Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.” Stephen Terry, 56, who’s a software developer, won the contest and, holy smokes, he looks just like Papa.

You can see his photo over at the Tampa Bay Times.

Terry defeated 124 other Hemingway wanna-be’s, including (and this is the most random fact about all of this) Paula Deen’s husband, Michael Groover. Insert your favorite Paula Deen joke here.

Groover was actually a finalist for the Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway Look-Alike crown.

I got to say:

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Book #55: The Sun Also Rises

If I had to describe The Sun Also Rises in one sentence, I’d probably say something like “Imagine a European, classier version of the movie Animal House, and you’ve got The Sun Also Rises.”

I think that’s fairly accurate.

The book details the adventures of several American ex-pats who travel from Paris to Pamplona to see the running of the bulls, watch bull fights, drink enormous amounts of alcohol, and engage in casual sex.

In addition to Animal House, the novel reminds me a little of a European version of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. And that’s actually a little strange because Hemingway and Kerouac couldn’t have more polar opposite writing styles.

It’s just a lot of care-free twenty-somethings traveling around, meeting new people, and “living the life.”

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Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory” of Writing

If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing. –Ernest Hemingway

Before I wrap up The Sun Also Rises (review coming tomorrow), I thought I’d take one more look at Hemingway’s writing style.

He called it the “Iceberg Theory,” and  it’s a great descriptor of his style.

Essentially, he gives you the facts—those hard facts are the tip of the iceberg floating above water. Everything else—the supporting structure—floats beneath the water, out of sight from the reader.

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The Day Hemingway Died

We’ve talked about Hemingway’s fascinating life the last couple of days, so—as morbid as it might be—I thought we’d talk about his death today.

Hemingway’s funeral was private and, at the time, his death was still a mystery.

His wife, and even the authorities, said the death was accidental. But people were suspicious because of Papa’s widely known abuse of alcohol and his battles with depression. Two days prior to his death, he had returned from the Mayo Clinic for treatment for “hypertension.”

Here’s how an article in The New York Times on July 5, 1961 described Hemingway’s funeral and the mystery surrounding his death.

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“He was the Lady Gaga of his era.”

Seeing Lady Gaga in a meat dress was one of the great visual regrets of my life. The only thing that could top that, perhaps, would be seeing Ernest Hemingway in a meat dress.

What am I talking about? I don’t know. It’s just that the biographer in this “mini bio” about Hemingway called Papa “the Lady Gaga of his era”…so there you go.

If you didn’t make it through yesterday’s post detailing some of the wild highlights of Ernest Hemingway’s life, or last week’s post about his revolutionary writing style, then today you have another opportunity.

This is an excellent short video bio from The Biography Channel that focuses on his extraordinary life.

Enjoy.

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Hemingway’s Life In 5 Minutes

I’m convinced Ernest Hemingway was the inspiration behind the “World’s Most Interesting Man” Dos Equis advertisements.

That actor even looks like Hemingway in his later years. And, honestly, doesn’t one of the ads feature bullfighting? Come on! That’s Hemingway!

Regardless of whether or not he inspired the Dos Equis ads, Hemingway was extremely interesting. Just read about him for 5 minutes and you can figure that out.

That’s what I did. And to save you the trouble of googling and all that nonsense, I put together a timeline of highlights of many of the things Hemingway did in his life—things that me and you haven’t done and probably will never do.

Read this. It’s longer than my usual post, but I promise it will be worth your time. This is amazing.

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What Hemingway Can Teach You About Web Writing

William Faulkner once said, “[Hemingway] has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

Hemingway responded: “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”

No surprise here if you’ve read my review of The Sound And The Fury, but I stand in Hemingway’s camp on this one. To me, the best writing is clear, simple, and to the point.

That’s why I think anyone who writes web copy, whether it’s a blog, an article, and especially any form of marketing content, should look long and hard at Hemingway’s writing style.

As a guy who spends all day writing for the web, I’ve probably been subconsciously using Hemingway’s style for years. With that, here’s what I think Hemingway can teach you about writing for the internets.

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