the dignity of movement of the iceberg

generation of the loss

Posted in alec soth / the mind's presence room by icebergmovement on August 11, 2010

‘A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless. The test of any story is how very good the stuff that you, not your editors, omit.’ E. Hemingway in The Art Of the Short Story


To watch ‘Ash Wednesday, New Orleans’ essay: http://nyti.ms/ayjzGo

‘If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of the iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. The writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.’ E. Hemingway in Death in the Afternoon


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