I was a more voracious reader in my younger days, staying up till 4.00 am reading everything I can get my hands on. Now, I am more selective about what I read, takes a lot longer to read and try and savour the things I read. What remained unchanged all this time is my admiration for a certain Mr. Hemingway (I was giddy with pleasure when I found out that Hemingway is portrayed in all his creative glory in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris). I am reading his “On Writing” these days and loved what he had to say about his “Old man and the sea.”
“There isn’t any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The sharks are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.”
I only wish there were more honest and less pretentious people in the world who would have the courage to say things like this.
Here is to the likes of Mr. Hemingway.