Vignette on the fine line between writing about the world and living in it. Milutis discusses Hemingway’s decision to become an ambulance driver, thus succumbing to the “vitalist impulse to get outside of literature, thereby arriving closer to its core.” Reads Hemingway’s wounding in World War I and Hadley’s loss of nearly all his early writing as two “de-virtualizing” experiences that inspired Hemingway’s practice of omission.
Failure, A Writer’s Life
Milutis, Joe. “Ernest Hemingway.” In Failure, A Writer’s Life, 165-70. Washington, D.C.: Zero Books, 2013.