Re: RARA-AVIS: Passports, please...

From: Schooley (
Date: 31 Aug 2001

Kevin Burton Smith wrote:

> Mark wrote:
> Was Hemingway actually a Spanish writer? Was
> Charlie Chaplin an American? What does make a writer American? Or
> Canadian or Norweigian or whatever? Where they were born? Where they
> grew up? Where their stories are set? Where they live now? Where the
> heart is?
> All those things shape a writer, of course, but in the end a writer
> is just a writer. The writing that really counts is in their books
> and stories, not on their passports.

Of course that's true, but there's another thing affected by where a writer works and lives and that's the skill of observervation. Outsider status can make the writer more sensitive to the distinct aspects of a culture that insiders take for granted. Not that it's essential to be an outsider, or that moving, say, from LA to Kansas City wouldn't accomplish the same thing, but it probably helped in the cases you mentioned. By the way, you forgot Hemingway's stint at the Toronto Star.

While I'm typing, thanks all the corrections to my observation about femme fatales, and especially all those examples. Did any of those lovely ladies actually snare our manly heroes?


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