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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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  1. Here’s an interesting pop-culture reference: In the game World of Warcraft, you meet a character named Hemet Nesignwary. His name is an anagram of Ernest Hemingway and many of his quests are related to big-game hunting and reference his book titles in some way. Who says games can’t teach you about literature!

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    April 10, 2013
    • That’s great. Also great to know the game designers are into literature.

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      April 10, 2013
  2. I think the last line is the reason why I do not like Hemingway. He made a show of being a writer, and in doing that, stopped being a writer.

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    April 10, 2013
    • We’ll just disagree on this one. I think he was definitely a showman, but the quality of his work, to me, speaks for itself. His style was so new and fresh when he first started writing. And even today, it still has such a unique, unpretentious feel. That’s what I like about him.

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      April 10, 2013
      • I read The Paris Wife last year and lets just say while the book explored his genius it also covered his faults. Not sure I like the man personally.

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        April 10, 2013
  3. I like this video bio; it covers many parts of Hemingway’s varied personality and existence in a few minutes. Like all of us, he did have flaws, but he still managed to bring his immense talents to the world before ultimately succumbing to those faults. Not everyone can say the same.

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    April 10, 2013
    • Yep, his humanity and flaws certainly overshadowed his work later in his life. But, with time, I think his work speaks for itself. That’s why we’re still talking about him 50 years after he died.

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      April 10, 2013
  4. I must say that I hate anything that likens Hemingway to a pop culture hack.

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    April 10, 2013
    • I would mostly agree with that sentiment. It’s a shaky comparison, but I think he was trying to say that Hemingway was very much against the grain of what was considered the writing norm at that time. But all Gaga really is is Madonna rehashed, so I guess you could say she really isn’t that original.

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      April 10, 2013
  5. Curious if there are very many successful “adventure” writers. As the video indicates, Hemingway’s style included getting out in the scene before writing about it. Krakauer comes to mind. As does Teddy Roosevelt. Maybe Thor Heyerdahl.

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    April 10, 2013
  6. Nyx #

    Interesting indeed! I had come across some facts about him previously but it’s nothing which has caught my interest before. I think now I might read up on him a bit more.

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    April 11, 2013
  7. There is only one Lady Gaga, and I’m saying that as nicely as possible. (Not a fan.) :/

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    April 11, 2013
  8. well yes what your saying is true but really i have something else to ask you please can you go onto my blog and tell me what you think of the start to my novel and any tips would be very welcome.

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    April 11, 2013

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