Hemingway

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In his remarks during his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature Hemingway stated:

"Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes..."

Hemingway spent the summers of his youth tromping the woods of Northern Michigan, and fishing her lakes and streams. Those experiences were the basis for his Nick Adams stories.

As the Solomon of the 20th Century Hemingway annotates the book of Ecclesiastes through his stories and life of action. In the end, through his crowning achievement in literature he explains it all, if we will but "hear the conclusion of the whole matter."

Despite the fact that many thought him to be an atheist, Hemingway writes the Gospel in letters too large to see. For, "a writer should write what he has to say, and not speak it." The seemingly mysterious inclusions of a Nick Adams story in various works, it becomes increasingly clear, he captures the life cycle of a man. The crowning achievement in his works is also the capstone of his effort to this end.

Now an old man, he is known to the people by a new name, and catching bigger fish than he caught so often in "Up North" Michigan. The old man finally understands and is redeemed among the people by the blood of his brother, dripping from his own hand. The passer-byes obtain no sense of the monumental struggle that went before and are content with their casually obtained mistaken identity of the fish as a shark. But the reader sees their error and know different.



LINKS:

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www.biography.com/people/ernest-hemingway-9334498/videos/ernest-hemingway-mini-biography-572995835

www.countryoutfitter.com/style/12-ernest-hemingway-quotes-every-man-should-live-by/

genius.com/Ernest-hemingway-today-is-friday-annotated

www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/ernest_hemingway.html

www.aletheiacollege.net/mm/The_Meaning_Of_Hupomone.htm

www.dailymotion.com/video/xqpl72_hemingway-gellhorn-conversation-with-the-cast_shortfilms?from_related=related.page.ext.meta2-only.f14e5cf0a08014e07ec4ef6ab8084d37139169324

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released January 1, 2012

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Track Name: The Day
The Day

I can still recall the day,
Earnest Hemingway went away.
The breathless talk of what he’d done.
As the father so the son.

After all of these years.
The words still ringing in my ears.
Just when they said that he’s all through,
The Pulitzer and Nobel too.

He wrote of life under the sun.
The 20th Century Solomon.
And too explained it in the end,
Through Santiago and his friend.

The Gospel writ to large to see.
The truth for all humanity.
His other self would never die.
The irony makes you want to cry.

The silence of a dozen years,
Days of youth just disappears.
Decades more clear out of sight,
Until Up North roots come to light.

I can still recall the day,
Earnest Hemingway went away.


Hemingways Near Death Experience:

http://www.iands.org/nde-stories/17-nde-accounts-from-beyond-the-light.html

http://www.timelesshemingway.com/content/idealizedself
Track Name: But-Ta-Fly
This song was written for my wife's grandmother Irene.

Hemingway wrote a short story called The Butterfly & the Tank, which is not included in the "Complete Edition"of his short stories like a few other short stories such as "Three Shots." There is a reason behind this. It was not the right place in the life cycle of a man as he goes from youth and innocence into manhood and encounters the reality of death. In doing so he realizes that he will one day die. Coping with this reality and living life in the face of it is. This is what Hemingway wrote about.

The butterfly does not understand war. War does not understand the butterfly. War can survive without understanding the butterfly. The butterfly cannot survive without understanding war. And so, it does not. What in another context would be mere playfulness, it is met with brutality.


But-ta-Fly

A caterpillar was heard to cry.
A stranger stopped and asked him why.
He said it cuz I just don’t want to die.
The stranger said it’s only stasis,
So you can soar to brand new places.
In beauty that will dazzle every eye, not to die.
But to fly. But to fly. But to fly. Um humm.

In tears the caterpillar cocooned.
The days went by then one afternoon,
He opened up his brand new eyes, and realized,
He could fly. He could fly. He could fly. Um humm.

So if you see a caterpillar, fighting metamorphosis,
Tell him he’s not made for this, not to die.
But ta. But ta fly. But to fly. Um humm.




~Select the link below
~Right-click on it
~Open in a new TAB
~The listen to a fire a fire-side telling of The Butterfly & the Tank.


Image by PSCHUBERT

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/#/?q=butterfly
Track Name: Bull Fight
Bull Fight

Let’s go to a bullfight baby, let’s go tonight.
Let’s go to a bullfight baby, let’s go watch them fight.
Death in the Afternoon, is such a bloody sight.
Speaks to our mortality. Something here ain’t right.

Let’s go to a bullfight baby, let’s go tonight.
Let’s go to a bullfight baby, let’s go watch them fight.
Passions are aroused; both for and against.
Searching for the meaning, and of life’s essence.
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Let’s go to a bullfight baby, let’s go tonight.
Let’s go to a bullfight baby, let’s go watch them fight.
Track Name: Santiago
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Hemingway may be the most misunderstood writer of the 20th Century. Many thought him to be an atheist because of a remark in A Farewell to Arms and his seeming lack of discussion of God. But Hemingway pointed out in his Nobel acceptance comments that "a writer should write what he has to say and not speak it." The Nick Adams stories, distributed throughout his larger works here and there were also a bit of a mystery. But we finally understand when we encounter Santiago, who is unlike Hemingway's other protagonists. Through Santiago we see that Hemingway tells us the Gospel in letter too large to read. All grown up now from his days in "Up North" Michigan, Nick Adams is now catching bigger fish. He is a changed man. The local people call him by a new name. Through his words we see that Santiago finally understands. We can finally understand too. Santiago shows us the way. He points us to the truth. In the end, the Solomon "in our time" points us to the same conclusion the Solomon of old points us to. Having had it all, and done it all, he points us to "the whole duty of man." Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

"I'm sorry fish. I went out too far."

Santiago apologizes to the fish, repeatedly. He does not apologize for slaying the fish. He apologizes for going out too far. A confession. He must slay the fish even though he loves and respects the fish. The fish is his brother. Santiago must slay his brother in order to be redeemed among the people. It is what has to be done. And when it is done Santiago tells us:

"I have killed this fish, who is my brother."

It had to be so. It had to be done. Santiago is redeemed among the people. He finally understands.



Santiago

Santiago, Santiago.
Not the boy he used to be in a Mackinaw coat.

Santiago, Santiago
He finally under stands, he finally understands.
Wishing on the one hand, praying for the other.
Sorry for going out too far, Not for slaying his brother.

Santiago, Santiago.
He finally understands, he finally understands.
It’s not by the meat that they steal, that redeems a man,
but by the blood at your feet, dripping from your hand.

Santiago, Santiago.
He finally understands, he finally understands.
Let’s be a little Earnest here, at the end of the show.
It doesn’t matter that they don’t know the fish,
You didn’t slay him for to amuse tourists.

Santiago, Santiago
Not the boy he used to be in a Mackinaw coat.

Santiago, Santiago.
He finally understands, he finally understands.
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He finally understands, he finally understands.

Santiago, Santiago.
He finally understands, he finally understands.
Track Name: Hemingway
LYRICS:

Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes...
By these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses,
he will endure or be forgotten.

For Whom the Bells Toll; The Sun Also Rises;
A Movable Feast; A Farewell to Arms.
In Our Time; Islands in the Stream;
The Old Man and the Sea.

Let us hear, the conclusion, of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep his commandments:
For this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing.
A fear the silver cord will loosen, and yet at thine own hand.
An answer that is so much different, then thought at Indian Camp.

Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes...
By these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses,
he will endure or be forgotten.
Across the River and into the Trees;
Winner Take Nothing; To Have and Have Not;
Garden of Eden; The Dangerous Summer;
The Torrents of Spring;

Vanity of vanities saith the Preacher. Vanity of vanities.
Vanity of vanities saith the Preacher. All is vanity.
Oh lovely Walloona. Fairest of all the inland seas.
Oh lovely Walloona. Thy laughing ripples kiss the shore.

LINKS:

Hemingway's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoI9OgVxDNE