Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than have syntax. Or semicolons. I use a whole lot of half-assed semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after “semicolons,” and another one after “now.”
And another thing. Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than get old. And he did. He shot himself. A short sentence. Anything rather than a long sentence, a life sentence. Death sentences are short and very, very manly. Life sentences aren’t. They go on and on, all full of syntax and qualifying clauses and confusing references and getting old. And that brings up the real proof of what a mess I have made of being a man.
Ursula K. Le Guinon being a man – the finest, sharpest thing I’ve read in ages
DID YOU NOTICE THAT WHEN SHE WROTE ABOUT ERNEST HEMINGWAY KILLING HIMSELF SHE USED SHORT CHOPPY SENTENCES??? SHE’S SO FUCKING SMART
I like Hemingway AND Le Guin (although Le Guin is my favorite) and I love the way Le Guin writes about other writers.
Also, this quote is slightly incorrect! It should end this way:
"And that brings up the real proof of what a mess I have made of being a man: I am not even young. Just about the time they finally started inventing women, I started getting old. And I went right on doing it. Shamelessly. I have allowed myself to get old and haven’t done one single thing about it, with a gun or anything."
I think it’s important to include that part, because I like when Le Guin talks about ageism (for lack of a better term) and how people see getting old as something shameful and weak, when really its the most natural thing for everyone in the world to do.
“I had both of them that afternoon, and I came to the conclusion that white boys are so delicious. That time back in my dance studio ranks as one of the most celestial experiences of my life. Those two beauties transported me to heaven. I never knew that lovemaking could be so beautiful.”—
Eartha Kitt on her threesome with James Dean and Paul Newman (via wwinecakes)
*scratches needle across record*
She had a threesome with James Dean and Paul Newman? Whoa.
-tired & unkempt -emotions ranging from “displeased” to “existential scream” -no work ethic -lies around looking dead when overwhelmed -will eat trash & live amongst trash if left to own devices -sometimes you feel bad and feed it a sandwich
Why do you think there's such a huge disparity in advice given to artists and writers trying to break into the business, or those trying to break into comics adjacent work when it comes to working for free? Artists are repeatedly told that "exposure" is nonsense, and that all work should have adequate compensation, yet whenever I see people ask about getting started writing, they are told that they simply have to put words on paper and write and start building an audience before pay will follow
I think that’s not a disparity at all, actually. Artists are told not to draw for exposure because that benefits someone else at their expense. It’s about protecting the artist.
Writers are told to write because that is literally the only way the work gets done. It’s about motivation, not compensation. Writing for exposure is dumb, too, don’t get me wrong, but this is kind of an apples and oranges situation.