St. Ernest?

I’ve been reading a lot about Ernest Hemingway lately, and my interest extends to the other expatriate writers living in Paris the 1920s, such as Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve long believed that Hemingway’s late novel The Old Man and the Sea should be required reading for anyone who presumes to speak publicly because of its economy of prose—crisp, lean sentences that use no unnecessary words. So I thoroughly enjoyed Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, which is about a modern would-be writer who travels in time back to Paris in the 1920s. Actor Corey Stoll nicely captures Hemingway’s belligerent, confrontational manner and displays his literary style: “The bread is good and strong and true!”

 

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