Quote of the Day, Hemingway

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.”

– Ernest Hemingway


At best, I’m ambivalent about Hemingway. The awesome, booze-soaked Parisian meanderings aside, dude had some serious issues.

I read The Sun Also Rises, and Did. Not. Get. It.

I remember my English teacher, Ms. Stubbs, asking me, “You knew he was impotent, right?” while I was giving a book report. In the middle of the report.

I was a Sophomore in high school. No, I didn’t know he was impotent, and, no, I didn’t know what impotent meant, really. I just knew he was sort of sad because he didn’t think he was worthy – a feeling I was intimate with.

I bet I’d get more out of it if I read it as an adult, but I’m not really interested. Even if Hemingway did Basque tourism a favor by putting The Running of the Bulls on the map.

Anyway, great quote, eh?

One thought on “Quote of the Day, Hemingway

  1. Hemingway just had that knack for making everything he said become “quotable.” Elie Wiesel, who wrote “Night,” is the same. I may be somewhat jealous of that ability.


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