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This is really cool and compares the first 35,000 lyrics of each rapper to the first 5,000 words of 7 of Shakespeare’s plays, and Moby Dick’s first 35,000 words.

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"You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library."

— Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting

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It looks like a happy, leaping person. I like it.

It looks like a happy, leaping person. I like it.

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"We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not."

— Tony Robbins (via beherenowandzen)

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INTERVIEWER

Finally, a fundamental question: as a creative writer what do you think is the function of your art? Why a representation of fact, rather than fact itself?

HEMINGWAY

Why be puzzled by that? From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?

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— Paris Review

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INTERVIEWER

It has been said that a writer only deals with one or two ideas throughout his work. Would you say your work reflects one or two ideas?

HEMINGWAY

Who said that? It sounds much too simple. The man who said it possibly had only one or two ideas.

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— Paris Review

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"Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved."

— Hemingway, Paris Review

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"Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer."

— Hemingway in Paris Review

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"A writer, if he is any good, does not describe. He invents or makes out of knowledge personal and impersonal and sometimes he seems to have unexplained knowledge which could come from forgotten racial or family experience."

— Hemingway in Paris Review

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… I was trying to learn in Chicago in around 1920 and was searching for the unnoticed things that made emotions, such as the way an outfielder tossed his glove without looking back to where it fell, the squeak of resin on canvas under a fighter’s flat-soled gym shoes, the gray color of Jack Blackburn’s skin when he had just come out of stir, and other things I noted as a painter sketches.

These were the things which moved you before you knew the story.

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— Hemingway in Paris Review

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First I have tried to eliminate everything unnecessary to conveying experience to the reader so that after he or she has read something it will become a part of his or her experience and seem actually to have happened. This is very hard to do and I’ve worked at it very hard.

I’ve seen the marlin mate and know about that. So I leave that out. I’ve seen a school (or pod) of more than fifty sperm whales in that same stretch of water and once harpooned one nearly sixty feet in length and lost him. So I left that out. All the stories I know from the fishing village I leave out. But the knowledge is what makes the underwater part of the iceberg.

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— Hemingway in Paris Review

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INTERVIEWER

Do the titles come to you while you’re in the process of doing the story?

HEMINGWAY

No. I make a list of titles after I’ve finished the story or the book—sometimes as many as a hundred. Then I start eliminating them, sometimes all of them.

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— Paris Review

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"If a writer stops observing he is finished."

— Hemingway, Paris Review

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INTERVIEWER

Then you enjoy reading over your own books—without feeling there are changes you would like to make?

HEMINGWAY

I read them sometimes to cheer me up when it is hard to write and then I remember that it was always difficult and how nearly impossible it was sometimes.

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— Paris Review