Ernest Hemingway’s influence outside of Oak Park, IL

Hemingway’s influence has spanned not only throughout Literature, but into other media as well, from songs to film expanding his influence and mythology of the man and his legend, Even the slightest mention of the writer enhances his legend, but of course not all the mentions of Hemingway is covered by The major parties in Oak Park, IL. Mostly because they artist or parties involved are not reflective of the pristine imagery or just do not have that mainstream appeal that many in Oak Park, IL believe promotes the Heming way brand the way they want.

Take for example Prince who mentions Hemingway in the 1992 song “Love 2 the 9’s” well, the oversexualized artist is not someone you want to link to Hemingway, regardless of his popularity at the time. The 1960’s Batman Tv series mentions Hemingway in the 1966 episode The Bookworm Turns using the “For Whom The Bell Tolls” as a bomb by the villain the Bookworm, to blow up the Batmobile. The Hemingway song, sung by Marie Cain, written by Terrie Frankel, talking about the loves of Ernest Hemingway.

All these fantastic mentions of Hemingway go outside the cleaned up version that is presented by the village of Oak Park, IL they all push the boundaries of how to use the legend. In fact, some of these “clean” factions challenge the famous “wide lawns” saying something taught by most of my English teachers and mentioned by such groups as the National Endowment of the Humanities.

A saying that is as classic as George Washington’s “I would not tell a lie” but since it does fit the convenient or picture perfect presentation of Hemingway it just cannot be, and of course challenged fanatically by these groups.

I do believe all the mentions and usages of Hemingway I mentioned here, could open up more people who never would have picked up a book to be interested in the writings or action of Hemingway giving way to an increase number of fertile minds to who Hemingway was, and other endless possibilities.

But unfortunately Oak Park, Il proves that it does not matter if Hemingway was the actual creator or the “wide lawns” statement or not, that they do have narrow minds especially when it comes to how to reach others who may be interested in Hemingway ways that are different than their own. Maybe, the reason why this happens is because the people interested are different from what this “diverse” village wants include in their perfect little conclaves of culture. Heaven forbid.

AzAZLyrics.com (2016) “Love 2 the 9’s” Prince and The New Power Generation Symbol Album1992 http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/prince/love2the9s.html

Hemingway’s Theme Music Video – Tribute to Ernest Hemingway – Sung by Marie Cain https://vimeo.com/52243356

Imdb.com (2016) Batman (TV Series) Plot Summary “The Bookworm Turns (1966)” IMDb.com, Inc

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0519509/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

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Oak Park International Film Festival on the 17th in Oak Park, IL

Oh shit, we have tons of kids and filmmakers coming into the area on September 17th!  The Oak Park International Film Festival is happening on that Saturday starting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Oak Park Public Library and the entrance fee is zip (free). So the area is going to be filled with pedestrians, bikes and cars this is just a heads up in case you did not know and planned to be in the area at that time. Oak Park, Il is great for not promoting such events instead letting people try their damnedest to navigate through such traffic nightmares as this is going to be.

If you are interested in going or just want to avoid the mess this article has more information about the Oak Park International Film Festival:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/community/chi-ugc-article-oak-park-international-film-festival-opens-sa-2016-09-01-story.html

 

Chicago Tonight interview about new Ernest Hemingway book

I watched the “Chicago Tonight” segment on Thursday regarding a new Hemingway book from the editor of the Oak Park, IL newsletter “Oak Leaves” the co-author (Robert K. Elder) it seemed had unlimited access to a treasure trove of Hemingway articles, letters, and all other sorts of paraphernalia. And really did not have too much to say regarding Hemingway or I should say anything new. Most of what he stated during the interview I heard during my tour of the Hemingway birthplace, in fact, the tour guide at the birthplace was more informative!!!

During one part of this interview, the co-author mentioned Hemingway’s famous line describing Oak Park, as the place of “wide lawns and narrow minds” as maybe Hemingway describing his parents this to me sounds like one of those “company line” kind of statement. The general one, like a big corporation, tells its employees to use when discussing matters of controversy to the public. The co-author even mentioned that he was not sure that Hemingway said it, but then states that Hemingway was referring to his family, not Oak Park, IL.

So which one is it? If you state Hemingway did not say this, then who did? Find out, because if you are writing a book and this is a question that comes up a lot, research it, thoroughly. If this statement is false in refereeing to Oak Park, IL as the co-author states then prove it. But then that means every other Hemingway quote is up for reinterpretation as well, and with access to all this material regarding Hemingway’s life the answer should be easy to find.

Just because Hemingway spoke at events at his alma mater (Oak Park High School) does not mean that he did not feel or change the fact about how Ernest felt about Oak Park, IL. Montgomery Ward fought for years to keep the Chicago lakefront clear for public usage, but after the 20 years and against the wishes of the Chicago public (at that time) he doubted if do it again. Meaning that even though Ward like Hemingway gave back to his community they both felt a certain way that does not fall in line with the positive outlook that is associated with these two or they had an opinion that worked contrary to their actions.

Although both men contributed to their communities and they felt a certain way afterward making their statements in the case with Montgomery Ward, public opinion nowadays, has changed and sides with him, and Chicago seems to agree with him, accept it and move on. In Hemingway’s case regarding his statement we have the exact opposite (being denied) and there is no acceptance of how he viewed Oak Park, IL or argument, presented with actual facts, that such attitudes have changed since then.

Here the co-author with access to so much material written by Hemingway could have made an argument either way about this statement but could not. The interview did give us insight in maybe Hemingway sleeping around with his sister in law, keeping hate mail, etc., but it did not really sell me on buying the book or promoting the upcoming Hemingway week. I think instead one of the Hemingway guides should have been interviewed as well, to help present Hemingway in a more authentic light. This interview though had interesting tidbits it just was confirmed how self-delusional people out here think of themselves, on a highly narcissistic level than would make any Grad level Psychology student salivate at the potential case studies that could be done with some of the residents in Oak Park, IL

This article covers the Chicago tonight interview and covers a couple more swipes that Hemingway took against Oak Park, IL in the last three paragraphs, will give you a great laugh.

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/07/14/oak-park-collections-reveal-hidden-hemingway