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 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I enjoyed Paula McLain's novel The Paris Wife about Hemingway's first wife. (He wasn't real good to his wives.) Even though fiction, she did a lot of research.

She now has a novel out called Love And Ruin about his third wife, Martha Gellhorn.

 Posted:   May 10, 2018 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Hmm. There is a certain symmetry--out of the bitter irony dept.--within this thread with respect to the title character and the late RR's comments. Rack 'em up, Jim, and order us a round of those special EH cocktails.

"All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you."

I'll never forget the reference to/paraphrase of that quote via Jack Warden's voice-over at the beginning of Brian's Song.

 Posted:   May 23, 2018 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Gatsby in Connecticut?

 Posted:   May 23, 2018 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Gatsby in Connecticut?

Speaking of all that, I recently visited Rosecliff, the mansion in Newport Rhode Island where Gatsby '74 was filmed.

 Posted:   May 23, 2018 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Gatsby in Rhode Island? smile

 Posted:   May 23, 2018 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Gatsby in Rhode Island? smile


 Posted:   May 27, 2018 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I enjoyed Paula McLain's novel The Paris Wife about Hemingway's first wife. (He wasn't real good to his wives.) Even though fiction, she did a lot of research.

She now has a novel out called Love And Ruin about his third wife, Martha Gellhorn.

Gellhorn is a fascinating person. She did an interview with the Beeb back around 1983 that is well worth watching.

 Posted:   Jun 8, 2018 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Here I am about to embark on a big Hemingway mood, yet I have no facial hair while this occurs.

Another first.

 Posted:   Jun 8, 2018 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

There seems to be much of a certain Papa "mood" going around lately. I take it yours is of the more, shall we say, benign kind?

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2018 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

There seems to be much of a certain Papa "mood" going around lately. I take it yours is of the more, shall we say, benign kind?

Why just this morning I did a "practice run" of lying down in the foyer, so that my wife would "find" me.

Forget Google, it's gallows humor that's your friend.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2018 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)


 Posted:   Aug 4, 2018 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Pretty sure you've caught this while on hiatus but hey, can't resist. From yesterday's (print) NY Times--

A Hemingway War Story Sees Print for the First Time
By Matthew Haag

By 1956, Ernest Hemingway was in a free fall.

Once transformative and captivating, his short, simple staccato style that remade American writing decades before had gone stale. It was now emulated by numerous authors. Lost in a literary rut, he became a caricature of his super-macho characters. He dodged sniper’s bullets in France, chased wild animals in Africa and tried to outrun fame.

That summer, Hemingway found inspiration for his fiction in his adventures years earlier as a correspondent in World War II. He wrote five short stories about the war, he told his publisher, with a stipulation: “You can always publish them after I’m dead.”

Six decades later and long after his suicide in 1961, only one of those stories had been published — until Thursday. The newly published work, “A Room on the Garden Side,” is a roughly 2,100-word story told in the first person by an American writer named Robert just after Allied soldiers liberated Paris from the Nazis in August 1944.

There is little doubt that Robert is based on the author himself. The scene from the title is a garden-view room at the Ritz, the luxury hotel in Paris on the Place Vendôme that Hemingway adored and claimed to have “liberated” in the war. Soldiers in the story call Robert by the writer’s nickname, “Papa.” There are other signs, too: exclusive magnums of champagne, doting service from the hotelier and discussions about books and writers and the trappings of celebrity.

“Hemingway’s deep love for his favorite city as it is just emerging from Nazi occupation is on full display, as are the hallmarks of his prose,” said Andrew F. Gulli, the managing editor of The Strand Magazine, the literary quarterly that published the story.

While the short story had never been released to the reading public, it was not entirely unknown. The manuscript — 15 pages written in pencil — has been stored for decades in the permanent Hemingway collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Hemingway scholars have studied and written about “A Room on the Garden Side” and the four other works in the series, including “Black Ass at the Crossroads,” the only other story that had been published.

About a year ago, Mr. Gulli said, he asked the Hemingway estate for permission to print the story in The Strand Magazine, which mostly publishes new mystery stories but also unpublished pieces by well-known writers. In November, it published an uncovered short story by Raymond Chandler, best known for his gritty detective tales.

“It would be easy to create a small collection of unpublished works and sell a ton of copies, but they’ve been so successful with the Hemingway brand by selectively knowing when and how to publish these little gems,” Mr. Gulli said, referring to the administrators of the estate.

Kirk Curnutt, a board member of the Hemingway Society, wrote an afterword in the magazine noting that the piece “contains all the trademark elements readers love in Hemingway” and captures “the importance of Paris.”

“The war is central, of course, but so are the ethics of writing and the worry that literary fame corrupts an author’s commitment to truth,” Mr. Curnutt wrote.

If you prefer to read the story yourself first, you might want to stop here.

The narrative takes place during an evening in the hotel room near the end of the war. Some French soldiers dismantle and clean their weapons. They talk about leaving Paris the next morning to continue fighting.

Robert sips on 1937 Perrier-Jouët Brut from fine glassware, reads books and watches the sunlight bounce off trees in the garden. Surrounded by war, he enjoys luxury and personal comfort in one of the hotel’s finer rooms. But he yearns to leave the room and walk out of the Ritz.

The autobiographical elements are clear. As the war ended, Hemingway was in the middle of a drought writing new fiction, after the success of “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” published in 1940. It had been nearly 20 years since he wrote his early novels, “The Sun Also Rises” and “A Farewell to Arms.”

In 1950, he wrote the widely lampooned “Across the River and Into the Trees.” Then, in 1952, he published “The Old Man and the Sea,” a global success that destroyed the last remnants of his privacy. Shortly after he finished “A Room on the Garden Side,” Hemingway told a friend that he hated the disruptive nature of fame.

“Probably I would do better never to publish anything else,” Hemingway wrote to his friend Harvey Breit, the editor of The New York Times Book Review. “Simpler to leave stuff for when I am dead.”

 Posted:   Aug 4, 2018 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Good shout howard - if anything will get phelps back posting it will be posts in this thread!!

 Posted:   Aug 7, 2018 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)


And the 1956 reference was funny in light of "grandparent" thread. Timing is indeed everything.

 Posted:   Aug 7, 2018 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Currently re-reading Hemingway's short stories. The brilliance of things like "On the Quai at Smyrna" never gets old, nor does Hemingway's ability to scald the hideous reactionary sensibilities of the Politically Correct cretins of the past several decades.

Papa's art is prickly, impossible to sully, and forever fresh.

 Posted:   Aug 7, 2018 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Hes baaaaaack!
Howard i knew it would work! smile

 Posted:   Aug 7, 2018 - 6:53 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Ah yes shades of Scotty and that bottle that he was saving for the specialist of special occasions--"Jus yuh an me. We did it tagitherrrr..." BillC and HL get up off their FSBarstools, stagger and pass out HIC!...

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2018 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Hes baaaaaack!
Howard i knew it would work! smile


 Posted:   Aug 9, 2018 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Hes baaaaaack!

Who, Rush Limbaugh? Oh well, nice while it lasted.

 Posted:   Aug 15, 2018 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

from a NY Times last week--

Stacy Keach Had a Heart Attack Onstage. Now, the Show Goes On.
By Stacy Keach

CHICAGO — Jim McGrath and I first met during the filming of the second Mike Hammer series in the 1990s in California. Jim has always been a wonderful writer, and we discussed the possibility of doing a one-man Hemingway show together. Ever since playing Papa in a mini-series in the late ’80s, I found myself reading his short stories for audiobooks, and I wanted to continue to explore his unique persona.

We decided to set the play in a boat, with a sort of “gangplank” leading to the stage and various scenes from his life depicted in an open space. Malgosia, my sweet wife, read the draft, didn’t like the setup, but pointed to the particular sequence where the running of the bulls was depicted. She suggested that we begin the play there, scrap the whole idea of the boat, and call it “Pamplona.”

I was initially resistant, as I knew it would require a complete rewrite, but nevertheless, I pitched the idea to Jim McGrath and, to my surprise, he loved it! Jim began to craft the story of Hemingway, having just won the Nobel Prize and experiencing writer’s block while on assignment for Life magazine in Spain to pen an article covering the mano a mano between two great matadors, Antonio Ordonez and Luis Miguel Dominguin.

I’ve often been asked what it’s like to play Hemingway at 77, having played him on television some 30 years earlier.

In a word: Revealing.

As a younger man, I was not fully able to grasp the intricacies, the complications and contradictions, surrounding his suicide. For me, it is, and has been, an ongoing source of curiosity. What I have managed to learn, over time, is just how much I don’t know about the circumstances that led to his decision.

What I do know is that he was depressed and in pain, unable to write, and unwilling to withstand the inevitable downhill physical spiral before him. That other members of his family took their own lives, a fact pointing to a possible genetic influence, illuminates the mystery of such an act. How are we ever to know what strand of DNA causes one to pull the trigger?

I feel that I have also matured in my evaluation of his personality overall, particularly in terms of his relationships with women, with his father and especially with his mother. When I played him in the late ’80s, I was completely oblivious to the emotional pain he experienced with his mother, who had hoped for a girl when he was born.

“Pamplona” explores those relationships and reveals Hemingway’s deep-seated fixations with his mother; with J. Edgar Hoover; and with the whole notion of what it means to flourish, and to fail.

I have always felt that Chicago was the perfect place to premiere the play, as Hemingway grew up in Oak Park. Also: I love working with the director Robert Falls! We began our relationship when he directed Arthur Miller’s “Finishing the Picture” in 2004 at the Goodman Theater, and two years later collaborated on “King Lear.”

Bob flew out to Los Angeles, and together with Jim McGrath, we worked through “Pamplona,” scene by scene, line by line, transposing, cutting, adding, editing, all in preparation for a May 2017 opening in Chicago.

After 11 successful previews, on opening night the unthinkable occurred. I had a mild heart attack onstage.

The night of my “incident” was, in many ways, totally surreal.

As the play began, I remember something happening to me in our hotel room set, after the first phone call. It resembled a fog rolling in, causing me to completely lose track of where I was in the dialogue.

The painful irony of the situation pitted Hemingway (in the play) trying to find the words to express the article he was assigned to write, against me, the actor, trying to remember his lines.

As a result, there was a five-minute period where I’m sure the audience couldn’t detect anything amiss. However, as time went on, it became painfully apparent, after I repeated the same line a half dozen times, that something was terribly wrong.

Bob saved me by coming onstage, hurrying me into the wings, giving me a hug, and informing the audience that the play was over. Naturally, I was devastated. My wife rushed backstage in tears, accompanied by my daughter, Karolina, who was also in a state of shock. I wanted to go back and resume the play, but that was out of the question.

The audience had left the theater, and there was a consensus that I should get to an emergency room.

I didn’t feel it was necessary. I was now cogent, in no pain whatsoever, so it was decided that I would see a doctor first thing in the morning, which I did. My brother, James, had some contacts at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and thanks to him I was admitted.

After a battery of tests, it was revealed that I had had a mild heart attack, but also that I had some seriously clogged arteries, and unless I underwent immediate bypass surgery, there was a good chance that I wouldn’t survive any future episode(s). So I elected to undergo the surgery.

Happily, the six-hour triple bypass operation was successful. Everyone was greatly relieved, including me, but my main concern, the main thing on my mind, was when I might be able to resume performing Hemingway.

I felt terrible that I hadn’t opened the play, especially given the fact that our preview period had felt so successful.

Since that time, I am happy to report that my health has never been better, my recovery aided by diet and exercise. I am deeply grateful for the love and support of my family and friends.

I have also been totally preoccupied with returning to “Pamplona.”

Jim and I continued to tweak a line, a word here or there, and I confess to spending the better part of the year going over the new lines and committing them to memory.

Now that we are back in production, I want to say thank you to the theater, and to the people of Chicago, for their warm reception.

I have always enjoyed the challenge of playing big roles, and to do that I need to be in the best possible shape. “Pamplona” is a daunting physical challenge; going in we decided that I’d only do one show in a day, six performances a week.

Still, during the course of its 90 minutes, I have discovered those places where I have to take a breath, and recharge my batteries. These accommodations allow me to give my all to each performance, and I must say, I am very happy with the audience response, which is very positive.

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