Someone on this subreddit a while ago suggested that high schoolers are sometimes introduced to some authors before they're mature enough to grasp the true substance of what's being presented to them. I think about that a lot. I can't imagine trying to read Faulkner in high school for example.
I don't know if I'm bold enough to say that Ernest Hemingway's work is above high schoolers, but I certainly was a late bloomer. I was assigned The Old Man and the Sea in my sophomore year of high school. I don't remember hating it...but I don't really remember it at all. It left absolutely no effect on my naive little 15 year old brain. It was the same thing with The Sun Also Rises. I remember a simplicity to the writing, but that's it. I'd watched a documentary on him that same summer and I'd seen Midnight in Paris maybe a year earlier so Hemingway as a person certainly intrigued me. But I figured that I just wasn't one to be taken with him. Besides, I had John Steinbeck as a trusty literary ally. Who needs Hemingway when you've got him?
I've been going through some short story collections that have been lying around the house. They've been good litmus tests for authors I've been exploring such as Kurt Vonnegut, the aforementioned William Faulkner, Herman Melville, and James Baldwin. The Snows of Kilimanjaro kept showing up, so it was inevitable.
I've gone on about the simplicity in John Steinbeck's writing, a simplicity nonetheless presented with his gentle poetry and sense of humanity. Hemingway has a simplicity as well, but there's a frankness to it. This leads to many blunt moments, some so alarming that they feel akin to a striking blow. It's a very interesting experience, and I was hooked till the very end.
I'm excited to revisit those two works from high school with a better understanding how how he ticks and why he's so good at what he does.
>Top: Me, a Michgander
>Bottom: Watching seccessionist Texans deal with two inches of snow
The top comment points out Michigan has secessionists too:
>Dude, your seditionists tried to kidnap and murder their own governor.
A couple of comments are Texans mocking their own grid, and a Chicagoan suggesting running the water so pipes don't freeze:
>Some advice for TX from Chicago: y'all better run the water in your pipes or you'll be looking at some in-the-wall explosions. It only needs to be a steady, pencil-thin stream of water.
The rest of the comments immediately devolve into outrage and self-pity about redditors mocking Texans, including this one just five comments deep:
>Haha families are without power and freezing - Take that rednecks!
>>Well they were told to upgrade their power system for winter weather multiple times and chose not to. Just like California didn't rake their forests or whatever stupid fucking reason they gave for denying federal aide. I think they deserve help and feel bad for them, but the hypocrisy is pretty bad here. I guess it's good we don't have a vindictive regime at the moment.
>>>The interior of my house is currently 42 degrees. My power went out on Monday at 2:14 am. There are no signs that it will turn on again soon. I have 2 children, a dog and 3 fish tanks.
>>>The fish and coral are long gone. The kids are cold. But fuck, they're probably hypocrites that propose secession at every opportunity. >>>Fuck idiot politicians.
>>>This victim-blaming "lol-look-at-the-cold-people-that-are-cold-Lol-People-are-dying-What-idiots" bullshit is beyond unhelpful.
>>>>Sir this is advice animals
Outraged comment thread 2 pointing out reddit's intolerance of other views:
>This is the kinda stuff that makes me hate Reddit. There’s absolutely no compassion for anyone anymore that may potentially share a... keep reading on reddit ➡