Gone With Youth: Ernest Hemingway’s Journalism

Hemingway Journalism Passport

Hemingway’s 1923 passport photo. Source: Congressional Archives

In his memoir A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway recalls what he told himself when he felt he couldn’t write:

“I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.’ So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.”

Hemingway’s determination to write simple, true sentences began in his years as a journalist. Before the novels and the Nobel Prize, he sharpened his literary tools as a reporter, first in Kansas City, then in Toronto, and finally as a European correspondent.

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In Syria, Kurds Pay The Price Of Driving ISIS Out

Kobane Syria

Battered and bruised during the Syrian Civil War, Kobanî made for a prime ISIL target. In September 2014, Islamic State militants launched a siege of the city, driving out over 250,000 Kurds and capturing 350 surrounding Kurdish villages in the process. With the support of the Free Syrian Army, Kurdish People’s Protection Units and American-Arab airstrikes, Kobanî residents were able to reclaim their city. However, as seen in this photo, that home is largely ruined and its future remains uncertain. It seems that the biggest challenge, more than defeating ISIL, is rebuilding.

Abraham Lincoln’s Brief Life As Explained By Photos

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809, which means photography was developed in his lifetime. Like anything that comes into the world while you’re a young adult, men of Lincoln’s generation found photography very exciting and often commemorated important milestones by sitting for a portrait. Lincoln, who was a prominent lawyer in Illinois before becoming an even more prominent politician, sat for more than his share of pictures.

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What We Love This Week, Volume XCV

21st Century Family Brooklyn

Rina, John, Redding, and Ruby. Bushwick, Brooklyn Source: Slate

The Many Faces Of The 21st Century Family

21st Century Family Maria

Maria with mother, sister, aunt, and cousin. Fort Lee, New Jersey Source: Slate

In the United States, when pundits speak (or shriek, pending where you get your news) of the way the family is changing, they’re usually referring to shifts in demographics and laws. Another way to see it, though, is that these “other” American families who wouldn’t usually appear in a “Leave it to Beaver” episode are becoming more visible to those in positions of power. Someone pushing to bring this truth forward is Michele Crowe, whose photo series “The Universal Family” seeks to “unite the human race through the spirit of family”.

That’s not to say that Crowe is looking solely for multicultural families in her work; to Crowe, the point is that “we’re all coming from the same place; we’re all at home and laughing”. So far, Crowe’s subjects have all been in the United States, but she’s jetting off to Europe to highlight families there. In the meantime, check out some of her work at Slate.

21st Century Family Tea

Bryan and Mia. Levittown, New York Source: Slate

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