Hemingway on killing cats
People have been trying to find a soft spot in the macho hunter’s persona for decades. College classes have labeled him as a repressed homosexual because of the way he describes trout in “The Sun Also Rises.” Book clubs have discussed his feminine side apparently on display in “The Green Hills of Africa.”
Whether or not Hemingway had a soft side for cats or if it shows some weakness or strength doesn’t matter to me. The writer was known for his masculine style of writing. He was known for a rough outlook on life, boozing, womanizing, hunting and verbal jousting.
I’m only unsure of why it’s necessary to soften the perception of what he was. And is that, in and of itself, a troubling issue with our society today.
Leave Hemigway to his vices. If he showed mercy or softness at the mercy killing of a treasured animal companion, he’s nothing of not human. It does not mean he has a side, feminine, gay or otherwise. It just means that just like you and I, Hemingway was human.
Chicagoland Gang Map Tells Some Interesting Tales
WBEZ web producer Elliott Ramos hand-produced these interactive digital maps based on maps from the Chicago Crime Commission. Until today, these maps only existed in book form. These are the questions we have: What defines a gang? What defines a gang territory? Do police use this information when policing gang activities?
Hemingway on Pound: He is obviously crazy
“It is impossible to believe that anyone in his right mind could utter the vile, absolutely idiotic drivel he has broadcast. His friends who knew him and who watched the warpeing and twisting and decay of his mind and his judgement should defend him and explain him on that basis. It will be a completely unpopular but an absolutely necessary thing to do.”
WBEZ Music: Michael K. Williams made a mix for Omar, his character from “The Wire”
In order to get into the zone, Williams makes playlists that match the personalities of the characters he plays. Makes sense that his Omar playlist would include a lot of Lauryn Hill, Biggie Smalls and 2pac:
- 2pac, “Unconditional Love”
- Nas, “Let There be Light”
Wieden and Kennedy Strikes Again
Terry Crews and interactive music spells success for a creative firm spawned out of two mainstays of my home state, University of Oregon and Nike. That Vimeo showed up willing to play is a great sign for those of us interested in interactive storytelling.
So Hemingway Was a Bad Spy
My only response is this: We can’t all be good at everything. And papa was pretty good at drinking, fighting and writing.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
I enjoy reading long-form narratives as much as anyone who got into journalism to do that kind of work. More than that, I enjoy multimedia stories that use different elements to best display the information. In a world where more than a trillion gigabytes of information pass in front of our eyes on the screens we sit at or hold in our hands each year, I’m more inclined toward information delivered in the best format. And make no mistake, there is always a best format. A story is not always visual, but it may contain elements that are. A story does not always lend itself to audio, but it may make up a significant portion. An info graphic can sometimes convey more meaning than a 3,000 word article, and a 2 minute video is often worth more words than it takes to fill up the daily newspaper.
In a world where the tools to produce all of these formats in one story are available in the smart phones we carry with us everywhere, there is virtually no excuse for creating content without thinking through the best format and delivery options that match the habits of today’s Tom Sawyer viewer.
My point in all this is this: Digitally native media is a different species than the old forms that we are so comfortable with. Just because you can write a 4,000 word story about an interesting topic doesn’t mean you should.
The one thing missing from most morning and afternoon news meetings is this: What is the absolute best way to tell this story, and how do we make that happen?
When we stop trying to upload legacy media onto an incompatible drive, we’ll see the Pulitzer prize awarded for truly digital work.
And in case you don’t think this type of work is already being done, just look around at the media you consume every day.