Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Early ad for The Sun Also Rises. “The publishers advise you to be very much aware of this book from the start.”
The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
--Ernest Hemingway (via irisblasi)
Autumn Leaves painted by Sir John Everett Millais, 1856
You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason. — Ernest Hemingway, A Movable Feast
The family of Ernest Hemingway in 1905. From left: Marcelline, Sunny, Clarence (Hemingway’s father), Grace (Hemingway’s mother), Ursula, and Ernest himself, aged six.