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Key West fucking blows.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 23, 2007 8:36 AM

Does he get and Abercrombie and Fitch double barrel shotgun as part of the price package, and maybe an electroshock package thrown it to boot? That would explain how this could be an annual contest.

Posted by kinaidos | July 23, 2007 8:42 AM

I love this from Mc Sweeney:

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A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Old Man and the Sea

Posted by SeMe | July 23, 2007 9:09 AM

Ah... Hemmingway and the glorification of war. Such a fitting author in this glorious new age of American Imperialism and Fascist Bliss!

Didn't Chris cover this same thing last year though? It sounds really familiar.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 23, 2007 9:42 AM

The Spanish civil war was a war against Fascism. For whom the bell tolls clearly takes the side of the Spanish Republicans( Anarchists Communists)and some of the internationalists that fought there, including the old left americans who fought for the Abe Lincoln Brigade. It is, to be brief, not a glorification of war, but a novel about the necessary struggle against Franco's Fascists. Nowhere does it glorify imperialism.

Have you actually read Hemmingway?

Posted by SeMe | July 23, 2007 10:00 AM

you know, now that i think about it, i actually looks a lot like Papa H.

Posted by erin | July 23, 2007 10:37 AM

@5 Read that and his other works. There is nothing glamorous about war and Hemmingway certianly does a great job at making war glamorous.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 23, 2007 3:33 PM


Let's see...In For Whom the Bell Tolls their comrade turns on them and the main character dies. In A Farewell to Arms infantry are shot willy-nilly to spare the officer's the disgrace of defeat. In The Sun Also Rises Jake Barnes is impotent because of war wounds. You have an odd idea of glory.

Posted by NJ Matt | July 23, 2007 4:41 PM

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