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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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