Notes on ‘Papa Hemingway’ by A.E. Hotchner

Papa Hemingway¬† is a biography, written by one of the men who was closest to Hemingway, a journalist and writer named A.E. Hotchner. Hotchner met Hemingway in 1948, when he was sent down to Cuba to meet with the author and commission him on behalf of Cosmopolitan to write a story. Hotchner believed so completely that he was going to be rejected that he sent Hemingway a note letting him know he'd been sent but…

How to Ask Good Questions

One of my favorite life philosophies: "Everyone, everyone, has something of value to teach you. It's just a matter of finding the keys to unlock it." I stand by this adamantly. It's absolutely true. Everybody has something to share that's of interest to you -- an experience, a philosophy, a skillset, a recommendation, an entire paradigm. Those keys I reference? They're questions. Asking good questions allows you to connect more deeply with people. It also…

The Long Story in Short Form: An Analysis of Storytelling Style

As of late, I've become fascinated by long stories told in short formats -- feature-worthy progressions captured in a short film, short stories that contain an arc as complex as a novel, novels that follow the development of a whole web of plots. Isaac Babel was my introduction to this concept in literature. He's a master of short stories. He uses juxtaposition, seamless transitions, complex and gritty ideas, and incredibly strong words to get the…

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The Long Story in the Short Film: An Analysis

I've been interested in film for a long time. It's such a dynamic and powerful medium for communicating feelings and ideas. Although I'm predominantly a writing person, I would argue that you can share stories in a vividness of detail though film that you can't come close to touching in any other branch of art. My favorite format is the miniseries. It's longer than a feature film, which dims in comparison; in a miniseries, you…

Why I Do CrossFit

Why do you do CrossFit?" I get asked this question a lot. Sometimes when I tell people about my fitness habit they want to know if it's as intense as it's made out to be. Some people roll their eyes and say, "Oh. You're one of them." Almost everybody follows up by asking me why. Why I Do CrossFit: The Short Answer 1. I want to be strong. Scratch that -- I want to be…

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