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by dharma_bum
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: A Moveable Feast Question #30 ~ Paris in the 20's
Replies: 11
Views: 2706

Re: A Moveable Feast Question #30 ~ Paris in the 20's

Most creative people I know feel as if they were born in wrong place and time. Even if you accept that you are different, we are all social creatures that want to find our place in the world. Despite art and invention being a solitary endeavors,the wellspring of creativity that community brings help...
by dharma_bum
Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: A Moveable Feast Question #15 ~ A Friendly Chat
Replies: 24
Views: 4442

Re: A Moveable Feast Question #15 ~ A Friendly Chat

He warned us, didn't he? Hemingway was destined to be the hero of his own tale. Through his prism, no one is more interesting or possesses more talent, and if he admits to a few faults, they are nothing compared to his fellow ex-patriots. Gertrude Stein comes of as bitter and vengeful. Scott Ftiz is...
by dharma_bum
Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: Question #14 ~ Reading Aloud
Replies: 15
Views: 3176

Re: Question #14 ~ Reading Aloud

I think that reading aloud had nothing to do with the danger he perceived. Out of context that aspect seems important, in the context of a couple pages, not so much. My take is that Hemingway felt like a whore pandering for praise and encouragement from people he didn't respect, people unworthy of h...
by dharma_bum
Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:33 am
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: A Moveable Feast Question #10 ~ Seeds of Life
Replies: 11
Views: 1449

Re: A Moveable Feast Question #10 ~ Seeds of Life

I did find this statement bit obtuse. Did Hemingway intend to describe Pascin as one of "those who makes jokes in life"? The person he described was a reckless hedonist who flirted with the edge, one of Keruoacs “roman candles” or a Rochester who couldn’t stop himself from going too far. I...
by dharma_bum
Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: A Moveable Feast Question #7 ~ Generations Lost
Replies: 11
Views: 1706

Re: A Moveable Feast Question #7 ~ Generations Lost

Ney was one of Napoleon's main commanders at Waterloo and some blamed him for the Napoleon's defeat. My take on what Hemingway is referring to here is his Lost Generation had their Waterloo too which was WWI. Each generation has some profound event to deal with, usually a war it seems :-/ , causing...
by dharma_bum
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: A Moveable Feast Question #4 ~ Writers and Painters
Replies: 23
Views: 2537

Re: A Moveable Feast Question #4 ~ Writers and Painters

I think it's telling that Hemingway chose Cezanne as his muse beyond reductionism. Cezanne rarely painted people and when he did they were often treated as another element in the landscape. When you compare Cezanne to other post-impressionists like Van Gough and Guaguin, his work seems oddly drained...
by dharma_bum
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: A Moveable Feast Question #3 ~ One True Sentence
Replies: 31
Views: 2828

Re: A Moveable Feast Question #3 ~ One True Sentence

Few writers have the ability to capture so much in such spare and crisp prose as Hemingway. Here's one of my one true sentences from a yet unfinished screenplay: "Long enough to take the mystery out of dying."
by dharma_bum
Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: A Moveable Feast
Topic: A Moveable Feast Question #1 ~ The Preface
Replies: 23
Views: 2202

Re: A Moveable Feast Question #1 ~ The Preface

Even if his intent was to tell these stories as a journalist, as an objective observer, memory is a most imperfect companion and much the this book was written decades later. However I think that was far from Hemingway's intent to be an impartial observer. These stories certainly capture the essence...
by dharma_bum
Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: 2008 Birthday Project for American Family Children's Hospital
Topic: Fantastic news! Johnny Depp says "Thank you" to the Zone!
Replies: 146
Views: 39082

Re: Fantastic news! Johnny Depp says "Thank you" to the Zone!

The utmost love and respect right back at you Johnny, right where it belongs.
by dharma_bum
Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:14 am
Forum: Bryan Burrough
Topic: Bryan Burrough Q&A #15
Replies: 10
Views: 3398

Just a thought on the term tragedy here. To me, if something is a tragedy, it means that a person capable of great achievements went wrong somehow, by perhaps a bad flaw in his nature or error of judgement. A tragic hero (Dillinger here) can't be all good or even all bad. But to the point: Would Di...
by dharma_bum
Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:39 am
Forum: Bryan Burrough
Topic: Bryan Burrough Q&A #2
Replies: 11
Views: 3495

Impressive scholarship indeed. Thanks for making a making the life of times of disorganized crime so vivd. Despite glamorous legacies, so many of the public enemies were rootless petty criminals that got lucky, randomly committing crimes for no more than the thrill of filling their pockets. it was i...
by dharma_bum
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #26 ~ And in the end...
Replies: 25
Views: 6988

So the FBI went after the most high -profile of criminals rather than the most serious IMO. If the War on Crime was really about ending criminal activity, the Bureau of Investigation failed miserably. By putting disorganized crime in the spotlight, Hoover gave mostly poor and disenfranchised petty ...
by dharma_bum
Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:37 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #23 ~ The Molls
Replies: 33
Views: 17601

They were groupies weren't they? And infamous was as close to famous as they were going to get. I think most of them simply traded one mean and rootless existence for another, they just lived their new lives in better clothes and on a full stomach, which probably wasn't such a bad trade in the early...
by dharma_bum
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Question #20 ~ Perceptions of Dillinger
Replies: 26
Views: 6697

Dillinger did not break laws as social protest or to further political reform, he did it for the money. His charisma and charm might be just as much a media construct as the “vicious criminal” stories. ...He was not a panicky teenager; he was a grown man who persistently committed crimes. Perhaps h...
by dharma_bum
Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Question #20 ~ Perceptions of Dillinger
Replies: 26
Views: 6697

I saw Dillinger as a performance artist on a public stage. An anarchist. A pirate. A rock star. Another on the continuum of subversives and dissidents who rise in times of repression an instigate social upheaval. He was audacious, smart, inventive, disciplined, and above all, fearless. He so blatant...

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