Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns


A reader sent this to me. Read it aloud as you try to remember how Hemingway felt when you once read him:

"I have been reading Hemingway lately. I don’t know why. Moveable Feast and then the Sun Also Rises. There’s a lot of Paris in them. Paris in the 20s. Maybe that’s part of it. Paris. In the 20s. But there are some people too and some loving and a little fighting. Not much fighting. Then there are the horse races and the horse betting and the drinking, lots of drinking, in the morning and the evening and the afternoon, but not too much horse betting or racing, though there is some loving, and there are the bulls and the bull fighting. Not in Paris. That is in Pamplona. But there is still loving in Pamplona, and drinking, and that is where the little fighting is. But it is mainly about the bulls in Pamplona or about the bull fighting or the bull fighters. It is about one bull fighter named Pedro Romero. He is beautiful and he is the real thing and he is still just a boy. That’s what makes it bad, what happens to him. But it is really about Brett. The loving and the drinking and the fighting and the badness."

Discussions - 4 Comments

Charming. Enjoyed the paragraph. It reminded me of the past, and it was good.

Q: Why did Hemingway’s chicken cross the road?

A: To die. In the rain. Alone.

I actually laughed at this. Haven’t heard it for decades. Thanks.

I remember reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in Spain. On my honeymoon. In a bus. Not alone.

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