Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Literary Crushes?

Okay, so I know Valentine's Day was last week and this post is all late... while Cupid's bow didn't exactly miss me nor leave me crippled, I was thinking about this just now - have you ever read a book and felt not only impressed by the weight of the work but so impressed by the dynamic of the person who thought it up that you felt (let's say 'intrigued') to find out more about the author?

It's happened to me personally twice.

The first time - it was Hemingway. Don't laugh, I know he's, well, old and dead! But I've always been attracted to older men and his writing - it's simply unparralled.

Simple, strong, full of imagery and fills me with a wanderlust that I just can't describe.

To me, he is Cuba, cats, cigars, manliness, the Florida Keys, Caribbean crystal waters and fishing, guns and the hunt, and brilliance.

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Hemingway, Ernest

So very true, ask any poet or artist.

The second time - my best friend recommended this book - Syrup by Maxx Barry. It was so unlike anything I had read. It was sardonic and funny, refreshing and brilliant.

When I finished, I turned the book jacket around and was surprised to see how young and handsome Maxx Barry really is, and then, sighed to discover he was also already taken.

The admiration remained and although it may just be a fleeting fancy - I think it's just another interesting effect that words and the minds that bring them forth have on us and the world around us. Nothing wrong with that - in my book.


  1. Niña, there is nothing wrong about literary fact I have been in love with José Martí forever.

    I will admit that my attraction is platonic: I would sacrifice any member (yes, a feeble pun) for an hour with him now.

    Other, more sexual attractions have been with Hilda Doolittle (HD), Dickenson (still have the hots for her), Sor Juana (I'm not kdding), Jane Austen (Oh my G-d, especially her). At the moment I have a huge crush on Doris Goodwin, the historian and a little known Cuban poet Maria Carolina Hospital (I have worked with her, she invited me to do Martí at her campus...she will never know!)

    It makes sense. Was Scribner aware how hot Hemingway's was? I think so.

    Tu amigo,
    chaz mena

  2. lol..i enjoyed this blog. Glad i found some latin flavor here..i haven't really ran into any. thanks for the history


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