Re: RARA-AVIS: Hemingway

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 05 May 2005

At 05:46 AM 05/05/2005 -0700, you wrote:

>The essence of Hemingway escapes you. The dominant
>theme that runs through all of Hemingway's work is
>grace under pressure, a theme that is every bit as
>relevant and universal as anything Conrad did.

Grace under pressure? What a pleasant homily for the powerful. I think you may just have confirmed Etienne's point.

But I mostly wanted to develop Dennis' observation:

Being a Canadian doesn't entirely let you off the hook, any more than being a Brit does. While Canada has mumbled against the course the US and Tony Blair have taken, and so have Britons, neither has stood up and genuinely disowned the 300 million pound gorilla south of your border. The only way to defeat a bully is to stand up to him, say it like it is, and declare that THIS emperor, too, has no clothes.

This is very true, but you have to remember that Canada is an economic colony of the U.S., every bit as firmly as it was once a colony of Great Britain. As such, we are culturally repressed. Just yesterday a Toronto printer I work with complained that business has been bad since 9/11, and that things had been made worse when a Member of Parliament bad-mouthed George Bush (and much of that in self-deprecation.) I don't know if the loss of work was direct, or through a well-recognized decline in local tourism, but clearly the printer felt that mouthing off to the Yanks was not a wise thing to do.

I assure you that there are many discussions in Canada, a number of which have been published, that address the current state of haberdashery in Washington, with opinions aired from both sides, but there's little to be gained, and much to be lost by loudly declaiming the neighbour's taste in fashion. Instead, one takes one's friends, even the most insincere friends, aside and quietly suggests that they zip it up. If they refuse, one withdraws and hopes for a more suitable occasion on which to express neighbourly support.

That, I think, is grace under pressure.

Best, Kerry

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