IN MEMORY OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON . . . WE ARE
HEMINGWAY IS ON PBS
A new Ken Burn’s documentary, Hemingway, is currently streaming on PBS. The name “Ken Burns” is all one needs to know concerning the quality, the depth, the exhaustive research that was conducted by the team which produced a complete eponymous exposé on the man many refer to as Papa Hemingway.
The following comes from the documentary, and it struck a cord deep within me because of its baseline truth: “All writers are narcissistic; that’s not the same as being a narcissist, as being a sociopath. But no one can sit in a room by themselves for twelve hours a day thinking about what they’re thinking and not be a little more self-focused than the normal person. [Writers] are definitely on the far end of the bell curve.”
VIDS FOR YOUR FREUDIAN “id”
WORDS OF WISDOM. . . .
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” — Edward Abbey
JOHN'S BOOK: RED WHITE AND THE BLUES
“The process of writing a book is not unsimilar to the process of rehearsing before a performance. The preparation is a lonely, private affair—even if collaborators are involved. Throughout the entire creative process, there’s an unrelenting, nagging knowledge that an audience will be exposed to one’s art, and this gives one great pause. The reality and constant awareness that people will see one’s creativity permeates the whole process, triggering anguish over each verbal inflection and physical motion for the performer—and over each word, punctuation mark, font stylization, sentence transition, design, and layout of the final product for the writer. It’s not natural to stand exposed for all to see. It is enticingly nerve-racking. It’s yin and yang at its finest. It is a curse to be an artist” (John R. Hall).