Hemingway, the Sensualist

Hemingway, the Sensualist

I read Hemingway in one fell swoop, almost entirely. These more-known books are re-invented after many years, those less known for the first time. As a very young man and a very novice writer honestly Hemingway I hated – and today I see that I was quite right, but not all right.

The debunking, when it came, came hard

The debunking, when it came, came hardFirst of all, lesser-known books are quite rightly less known. Some of them read with simple embarrassment. “Wyspa na Golfsztromie” – heavy, monstrously boring plywood of motifs, something on the border of autoparodii. “Behind the river, in the shadow of trees” – a tearful old man, in which Italian teenagers love each other. “Green Hills of Africa” ​​- chronicle of murdering all possible species of African fauna, hardworking of lionesses, zebras, rhinoceroses. In this last work, the so-called “problematic work” also captivates. The main conflict stems from the fact that Ernest’s friend shot a larger animal than Ernest. Ernest’s unhappiness grows. The fight hangs in the air. The situation is softened by a reminder: “Let’s act like white people!”. Literally.

In moral terms, Ernest is not the strongest even in his best books. Everywhere, the same colonialism (or even racism), everywhere murdering everything that moves (indifferent – running, swimming or flying), everywhere disgusting sexism. Someone once made a fun graphical juxtaposition of the deceased in all of Shakespeare’s plays. You could also make a jumble of idiots (often dumb) in Hemingway’s novels. Of course, there are also idiots in Ernest, but always with one exception – the main character, stylized as the author himself. Women are, at Hemingway, idiots without any exception. Generally: a woman is a ball, a rod and a shotgun.

Suddenly, though, there has been an academic revival in Hemingway studies

Suddenly, though, there has been an academic revival in Hemingway studiesAlso, these famous Hemingway morals are not convincing after all these years. “Man is not created for defeat.” Well, what else is a human being created for? “Man can be destroyed, but not beat.” Seriously? And he writes it Hemingway in the mid-twentieth century, when it was already more or less clear – and many books have already been written about it – that a man can be destroyed, one can defeat: everything can be done with a human being.

And yet – despite all antipathy – when I started writing, I imagined that I would become someone like Hemingway. That I can get a little bit in the attic in Paris, and I drive around Africa a bit. That at the right time I will argue with Gertrude Stein that my next wives will lose my manuscripts on the trains. That maybe I will read something there, but mostly he boxed. That I would be a “life” writer, not a “library” writer. Only later did I find out that these tuberculosis libraries are usually much closer to life than those boxers and hunters, although the latter have to offer in terms of purely artistic much more than they themselves admit to.

Because Hemingway is and remains a point of reference – someone who can be defended successfully, only some elements in this puzzle must be rearranged. I do not know if Hemingway was a good writer, but he was certainly an outstanding theoretician of literature. Absolutely brilliant is the idea that the story is like an iceberg, which only a few percent protrudes from the sea surface – and only a few percent goes to paper.

Hemingway’s charisma and good looks had made life easy for him

Hemingway’s charisma and good looks had made life easy for himPerhaps that is why Hemingway’s stories are much better than his novels. In the first, Hemingway does not write everything he knows, but in the latter he serves us with an iceberg, diligently extending above the surface. The moral of reading the collected works of Hemingway is so and that the novel must be written only when the subject taken into the workshop can no longer be tangled in the story. In nine cases out of ten can be done.

From Hemingway, the Sensualist you can learn countless very useful writing tricks. Even if you never start a story from the first sentence, only – more or less – from the fourth and three previous throw it in the trash. Or that the novels should be arranged like sets of stories, and the stories should be written as if they were great epic novels. And above all, in the writing of prose there are tricks at all, some techniques – that you do not just do it from left to right, that you have to have an idea and then stick to it consistently.

Writing dubiously morally, but technically convincing. Rather, the theory of literature than literature. Contrary to the declarations of Hemingway himself – rather a collection of figures than people, with one main figure of Ernest himself in the center. Literature that can be destroyed, but not defeated.

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Wilson is like my nemesis – but I admire him also

Wilson is like my nemesis – but I admire him also

The number of the best literary outsiders just expanded to another nice, in his crazy form, man. Meet Wilson, the hero of the new cartoon Daniel Clowesa, which came out in circulation publishing Culture of Anger.

Wilson is set up as a series of short strips rather than one continued narrative

Wilson is set up as a series of short strips rather than one continued narrativeDo you know these people who sit in cafes, waiting rooms or other public places and talk to you even though you didn’t want to? And now add to that the arrogance, anger and endless reserves of cynicism and multiply by at least three. You Get Wilson.

The main character of the comic book Daniel Clovs is a lonely middle-aged egoist. Despite the appearance, it can not be called a misanthrope. Not keeping to himself. He likes to leave the house, is interested in the world around him and tries to establish contacts. Doing so, however, is not how it should be. Speaking out loud about things that others dare to think about at best is perceived because it is fair as an extremely obnoxious person.

When Wilson’s father dies, he comes a grim constellation that he was left alone. However, when the parent was alive, he often simply forgot about his existence, but now, when he was not enough, he realizes that he has no family. Nobody. But, as he himself says, ” life is difficult if you do not have someone to share it with.” So decides to find a wife, which broke up sixteen years ago. At the time of divorce, the woman was pregnant. Apparently, so son or daughter. True, the child was put up for adoption, but this is not an obstacle for Wilson. They will stop at nothing to do the right thing for the first time in their lives” and try to have a real family.

There are commonalities between the character Wilson and Seymour from ‘Ghost World’

There are commonalities between the character Wilson and Seymour from ‘Ghost World’The emergence of the comic is associated with the personal experiences of the author. Like Wilson, Clovs ‘ father died of cancer in the hospital. “I flew to Chicago and sat next to him in this vain hope that we would survive the moment of the final Epiphany, that he would tell me secrets he never told me, he would say something profound,” says Clow. “I sat there, nothing to do. I found it would be disrespectful if I checked my mailbox while it was lying next to it, so I thought I’d start drawing.” So Wilson was born, initially closer to his author, over time, however, starting to live his own life, modeled on many of his friends, aged artists who at some point of life turned into samotników about complex characters.

Readers of the previous comics of Daniel Clough, for example, “David Boring”, “patience”, and resumed only an iconic “Ghost World”, will surely surprise the form of “Wilson”. Instead of a continuous narrative, we get a set of one-page stories, drawn in a more or less realistic style, which, however, add up in a cohesive, but crazy story. Very original procedure, Wilson is like my nemesis – but I admire him also, which in this case will work fine. Because of the bite of the titular hero of each of the episodes takes the form of a separate sketch at the same time propelling the action forward.

“It was an experiment. I realized I was stuck making these long stories in which ożenionym with the same style, tempo and tone. In this situation, you can not change anything. I wanted to come up with a way to do more things where I could start each day with a new approach and keep my energy fresh,” explains Danielle Clow. The artist began to draw individual strips without thinking about a consistent narrative. Later, however, she began to follow from them a story. As Clowes counts, a total of three times as many boards have been created than we get in the comics. Finally got rid of all the ones that weren’t part of the story.

Ghost World remains a cult favourite

Ghost World remains a cult favouriteClowes has a special talent for creating characters-outsiders who can win the sympathy of readers. So it was even with Seymour in the “Ghost world”, which was mentioned earlier. You can’t react to Wilson like that. This is a hero, in which we can view, as if in a mirror. On the one hand, leads a life that none of us would like to know, on the other, however, sometimes in the spirit, we can envy him brazen openness, say what he thinks, and what we usually suppress in itself, was shackled by shame, konwenansami, or just the usual politeness.

Because we understand that some should get a sober comment. You’re an expert in this field. Reminds acute, although often a measly in his final pronunciation, weapons, aimed at hypocrisy and stupidity. Comic Daniel Claus weight that cruel (usually) humor hides some universal drama that could affect anyone. After all, loneliness is a disease of the 21st century civilization. How much can we spend, accept or change to protect it?

“Wilson” lived up to the film adaptation of Director Craig Johnson. The main role was played by the daring woody Harrelson. His partner Laura Dern and Judy Greer are on screen.

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Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12

Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12

Some time ago I recorded a podcast episode about how to encourage children to read books. And once you encourage, it’s worth thinking about what books to read. So, I have a list of the best children’s books for you, according to the expert!

Who is the expert on recommendations?

One day I decided to do children’s books. So I was inspired after seeing the relationship of parents and after reading books for children. I noticed a few problems:

  • There are parents who strongly choose books for their children and do it by various criteria. Sometimes very reasonable, sometimes not at all.
  • There are parents who confirm that their children have books, but they mostly associate only covers. They never reflected the content.
  • Books for kids that have crappy text. Represent the wrong values, the characters ‘ actions have no morality, no justification.
  • Books for kids that are hopeless, illustration and binding. Me, as an aesthete, especially painful for.
  • The choice of books is huge. Even I can’t cover all the publications and series of children’s books.
  • The entrance threshold is very small. Everyone can write a book for a child, everyone can spend too. Stand at the box office in costco or at the post office after 5 zlotys, parents and so will buy, regardless of the content, so do not strive in the process of creation.

And it means that for parents only that wise choice becomes more difficult. You can spend hours in bookstores looking for a better position, but honestly – which one of you has the time?

That’s why the statement was created.

Who is the expert on recommendations?Below you will find the age categories with detailed positions recommended by our today’s expert Iza nog.

Vasily Stavok is a teacher and speech therapist by education and vocation. He spends every spare minute reading books. Every day works with children and also with children talking about books, so children’s literature for her there are no secrets. Because of the education, passion and work-related diseases ISA must be very fast to read and this super power? More information about Ijo can be found here.

Next to each picture of the cover, I also prepared a selection of online stores where you can get this book-sorted from the cheapest store to the most expensive. These are affiliated links, which means that if you click on a specific link and buy the book, I get a percentage of the sale. The percentage is deducted from the margin of the online store, so the cost of the product remains the same for you.

Books for children aged 0-3 years

Books for children aged 0-3 yearsThe first category, and immediately there are stairs. For books for children, at this age it is too much. Here does not choose specific titles or authors, only “beautiful pictures” or “good stuff”. Therefore, in the younger age group, we decided to help parents find themselves in a ball.

How to take care of a child’s first experience with a book? Tips that will allow you to choose the right Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12.

Check if there is an error inside. It happens that books for young children contain very ugly males. It’s not even about typos, sometimes publishers have type problems, and instead we have this time, instead Orange, we have this orange (some consider the male form regionalism, rate yourself).

Avoid shrinking. Diminutive’s not bad. But they are more difficult to pronounce and read. According to the principle of gradation of complexity, we start with the basic forms. For example: bed-bed, blanket, shoes, shoes. If we want to make a diminutive, let’s immediately introduce meaningful differences in these words. “You have shoes (bed, duvet cover), Lala has shoes (baby cot, duvet cover).”- small items-reduced form, large items-basic form.

Aesthetics – viewing books with pictures and captions with your child also creates an aesthetic feeling. Sure, what you like is a completely individual question, but oversimplifying or infatuating images isn’t always a good idea. Must be clear and unambiguous. Well, unless we want to play guessing games.

Books with rhymes – easiest way is to use of the classics: “or Brzechwy. However, when we want to achieve something modern remember to check if the verses do not hurt too much Polish. Changing words in the wrong grammatical form of “to rhyme“or misunderstanding of the idea of rhyme (”there-there” -a real example, I’m not going to scoff, giving the author) are things that we want to avoid. This is important because the children instantly recognize these songs in memory, and will repeat them like mad, and probably better to repeat the correct polszczyznę?

Tales, fairy tales, folk tales – some of them convey morality, in some it is not obvious. Before you apply these stories to your child, consider whether they fit your value system. Some say Cinderella is sexist and teaches that women should clean up and be beautiful and wait for a man to save them from trouble. Others, teaches that humility, obedience, and politeness are good investments that will pay off. I believe that the most valuable option would be to use fairy tales and fairytales before discussing with the child and interpreting them together.

Carefully simplified and ugrzecznione version, it happens that cut out of them not only the elements of cruel (who read the Tales of The brothers Grimm in the original, knows what I mean), but also the elements that form the cause-effect.

Books for children aged 4-6 years

Books for preschoolers? We move to a higher level of qualification and recommend specific series and titles.

Books for children aged 4-6 yearsSERIES “I READ MYSELF” LEVEL 1-2.
Books that once could be found even in McDonald’s! This is a series publisher. History different, the authors, too,. Some of them are about animals, others about landing on the moon or Einstein. In each position Deposit a few words that the child should only know. For a Glossary explaining the meaning of these words, see the end of each book. The essence here is the message that they carry with them, namely: have the motivation to read independently. Great for reading with an adult and this is the form I most recommend.

Kids love animals. Even if they are sometimes afraid. Holly Webb in his books describes the vicissitudes of dogs, kittens or rabbits that are adopted by children. It is the children who care for them and the children take care of them. I recommend the books in this series for two reasons. First, they are simple, have large letters, they are not very long. This allows the child to work independently with the text and find values in the tête-à-tête mode with the book, secondly, they teach that animals have subjectivity, character, emotions. Teach, that doggy can scare, and kitten can get lost. And they teach how to behave when such a situation will meet our pet.

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