Chasing Hemingway

Life in words.

Smoking Cloves

Walking through a college campus, I always smell a hint of cloves. I can’t help but be surprised that people still smoke them — I was similarly surprised to discover people smoked them at all.

The first time I encountered clove cigarettes, in the first…

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theparisreview:

In 1987, the Cuban Department of Revolutionary Orientation put up a billboard of Che Guevara above the heavily traveled Almendares Bridge, along with one of his slogans in neon lights: “A revolutionary has to be a tireless worker.” Arturo Cuenca, a Cuban-born conceptual artist, photographed the billboard from the back and reversed the image to make the words readable—this is to suggest that “in the Revolution reality never matched theory.” When the work was shown at the Salón Nacional that year, a high government official condemned it. “It is not anti-Che,” Cuenca insisted, “it is against the cult of personality.” Cuenca felt so compromised that he left Cuba. He now lives in New York and keeps the photograph above the kitchen sink in his apartment.
Featured in our Winter 1996 issue.

theparisreview:

In 1987, the Cuban Department of Revolutionary Orientation put up a billboard of Che Guevara above the heavily traveled Almendares Bridge, along with one of his slogans in neon lights: “A revolutionary has to be a tireless worker.” Arturo Cuenca, a Cuban-born conceptual artist, photographed the billboard from the back and reversed the image to make the words readable—this is to suggest that “in the Revolution reality never matched theory.” When the work was shown at the Salón Nacional that year, a high government official condemned it. “It is not anti-Che,” Cuenca insisted, “it is against the cult of personality.” Cuenca felt so compromised that he left Cuba. He now lives in New York and keeps the photograph above the kitchen sink in his apartment.

Featured in our Winter 1996 issue.

I spent a semester in Rome that was punctuated by bizarre flasher scenarios as my pals and I traveled around Europe… [T]his happened on trains, while strolling down a frozen cobblestone street in Prague, and even in a cemetery.

Dispatch: Meet the editors

One of our fabulous New York editors, Laura House, tells Fathom some pretty hilarious travel stories – and some pretty useful travel tips.

(via smithhotels)

Mr Brightside

Whenever the song by the Killers, ‘Mr Brightside,’ comes on, I am suddenly 18 again and waking up in my dorm room in Los Angeles as it plays on my radio alarm clock. I am not hungover – I didn’t drink my freshman year – but I am exhausted from refusing to…

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Love @irin, but today I especially love this guy who’s into kugel.

Love @irin, but today I especially love this guy who’s into kugel.

Let-down

Last night, I had a series of terribly productive dreams. It was such a let-down to wake up and realize I hadn’t accomplished any of the things I’d done in the dreams. Now if only I can remember that novel I’d nearly completed…

Inasmuch as I am 27 and not a loving mother, I guess I read a lot of bad literature at age 13… I thought it was pretty good, though.
hammitt:

reckonedrightly:

Bad literature is our only hope.

I want to live hard enough to have that face at 40. 

Inasmuch as I am 27 and not a loving mother, I guess I read a lot of bad literature at age 13… I thought it was pretty good, though.

hammitt:

reckonedrightly:

Bad literature is our only hope.

I want to live hard enough to have that face at 40. 

Roman HolidayYou know that moment when you revisit something – or somewhere – that you loved as a child only to…View Post

Roman Holiday

You know that moment when you revisit something – or somewhere – that you loved as a child only to…

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