"There are authors who write to communicate, and there are authors who write to impress themselves."
— Mark S. Hertzog
Comments on this Puzzle:
June 20, 2013, 10:21 pm
Hemingway would be one of those who wrote to impress themselves.
July 31, 2014, 5:49 am
That's why we've never heard of him, I guess.
October 9, 2014, 2:45 am
What about the authors who write to communicate that they want to impress themselves?
August 1, 2016, 5:59 pm
When I read Hemingway, it's like I can hear a deep clean gong of truth inside his prose. His writing is exquisite.
October 2, 2017, 6:15 am
Hemingway only won the Nobel Prize for literature and a Pulitzer Prize for fiction - clearly not much of a writer.
January 30, 2018, 4:14 pm
Awards like that don't necessarily mean the author appeals to the masses, but to academia. I love to read quality literature but quickly grow weary of run-on sentences.
August 30, 2018, 2:13 am
anyone caring to waste an afternoon should go to the Bulwer Lytton web site. really great bad opening lines. lots of laughs
January 31, 2021, 4:56 am
My favorite passage from "The Old Man and the Sea": Imagine if each day a man must try to kill the moon, he thought. The moon runs away. But imagine if a man each day should have to try to kill the sun? We were born lucky, he thought. // Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him. How many people will he feed, he thought. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course not. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity. // I do not understand these things, he thought. But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.
April 24, 2021, 10:43 pm
September 16, 2021, 3:04 am
Hey, writeon, what do you have against Charles Dickens? And LLapp, I am glad you like Hemingway; so do I. I admire your comparison of his prose to a gong. He got me through a good stretch of my hospital stay last year, as it was the only literature they had; they could have done far worse! I read "For Whom the Bell Tolls". Too bad you don't like DH Lawrence. Oh well.
May 4, 2022, 2:13 am
The only Hemingway I've ever read was The Old Man and the Sea. I really did like that one.