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Den of the Pure Gamble

November 5, 2009
Den of the Pure Gamble

Cheryl leads me to the far wall of her living room where, beneath a woodblock print of Hemingway is a photo of the key and keychain he used to enter her family’s cabin. On the tag, Hemingway has typed: “The House of Hemingstein. Across the woods and damn near in the creek.”
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Man and Myth in Idaho

November 4, 2009
Man and Myth in Idaho

More than most ski towns, Ketchum hangs on to its history. Hotels are still adorned with kitschy faux-Bavarian stencils and vintage ski posters. Restaurants are filled with old skis and snowshoes and fly rods, deer heads and fish trophies. It’s reluctant to let go of this era when Hemingway first visited. In that way,...
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The House Where Hemingway Didn’t Live

October 26, 2009
The House Where Hemingway Didn’t Live

We walk along the outside porch. Below, the Big Wood River rollicks through tall cottonwood trees, their yellow leaves dropping off and cascading to the dense litter below. A hint of snow from the distant mountains peeks through. Monster homes are scattered along the other side of the bank. This isn’t the view Hemingway...
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Hunter on Hemingway

October 12, 2009
Hunter on Hemingway

Back before Hunter S. Thompson entered his Gonzo period, he wrote a thoughtful piece for the National Observer (May 25, 1964) titled “What Lured Hemingway to Ketchum?” (Find it in The Great Shark Hunt.) He writes: Anybody who considers himself a wrtier or even a serious reader cannot help but wonder just what it...
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Hemingway and the West

October 6, 2009
Hemingway and the West

Maybe Ernest Hemingway’s relationship to the West is a way to bridge all the conflicts that rage in that tempestuous part of the country. Hemingway was New West, in a way. He was first lured to Ketchum to help put the Sun Valley resort on the map. Those resorts have changed the dynamics and...
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The pitch – take two

October 1, 2009
The pitch – take two

I made my second Hemingway pitch yesterday.
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