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Edward Abbey: on Ernest Hemingway


You know I couldn’t resist one favorite writing about another.

Sheepmen and many others shoot [golden eagles] on sight, on general principles. Our hero Ernest Hemingway could not resist the temptation to bag an eagle now and then, though he hated himself afterward. Not an easy job to be, or to have been, Ernest Hemingway.

–“Watching the Birds: the Windhover”, from Down the River

Aside from the obvious criticisms that could be made of Papa shooting eagles (we’ll let Abbey do that), that final sentence says a lot, doesn’t it? Not an easy job at all…

2 Responses

  1. What a great quote…I have so many of your postings to catch up on this weekend. I apologize for not visiting lately…life, what can you do. I’m looking forward to checking out the posts on your trip. Hope all is well!

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