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Yesterday, a few hours after the Nobel Prize for Literature had been awarded to Tomas Transtromer, I received from former Nobel staffer Simon Frantz an audio clip that seized my heart. It is a 1954 recording of Ernest Hemingway reading his acceptance speech for the prize that year. (Hemingway did not attend the banquet, but had the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden read his short speech; soon after he recorded this audio in Cuba.)

I have read the speech a few times before. Yet when I listened to it today for the first time, at a time when I am re-reading his stories now and have him much on my mind, the words struck me with a new power. He was in a terrible place just then. He had written several great books and, more recently, some not so great and one, The Old Man and the Sea, a sort of small triumph that yet fell short of his best. In the seven years that remained before he would take his life because he could no longer write, he managed to assemble his powers for only one more great book — A Moveable Feast, his memoir of Paris and youth. He still reaches, but he cannot grasp. It will get worse, but he reaches still.

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

This, from “A Cat in the Rain,” 30 years earlier:

It was raining. The rain dripped from the palm trees. Water stood in pools on the gravel paths. The sea broke in a long line in the rain and slipped back down the beach to come up and break again in a long line in the rain.

That last sentence is the surf; less representation than replication of a natural cycle.

I don’t know how hard he had to work to write it — sometimes it came easy to him, sometimes not — but he did it. By the time he won the prize he couldn’t do it anymore. He could not generate the luck and could only rarely succeed, and he knows it. His pain imbues every second of this recording. So does his courage in trying to continue.

… out past where he can go, where no one can help him.


Thoughts of another writer waiting in the wings….Blue

Hemingway’s reputation has suffered immensely over the last two or three decades. Read around enough and you’ll see this. And I can feel it when I occasionally confess to people — for you don’t tell this, you confess it — that I love him and his writing. I always sense a bit of a surprise, as if that’s a rather strong feeling for a man who could be so odious and a writer who at times nudged close or fell in to self-parody. I’ve long thought of trying to explain what makes him so great and how he so utterly captivated me when I discovered him in my early teens. Now I don’t need to explain it…

Blue’s Thoughts

I have taken  many a trip to  the Keys and walked on his ole Boat that is preserved in A Sports Fishing Store in the Middle Keys. I find myself imagining catching that big Marlin off the Coast of the Dry Tortuga’s just due South of Key West on my home made offshore angler’s Favorite Squid Lure..My most watched movie and novel as a kid was “The Old Man in the Sea” with starring a weather beaten Spencer Tracy…What an Awesome Movie…And a best seller for Hemingway i’m sure…. I would read the novel under my blankets at night with my Green Hornet Flashlight and thought i was heaven..Thanks Ernest Hemingway for those great memories and  Mom for all those double D batteries !!….Blue/jp

The Nobel Acceptance Speech text is below. But best to listen.

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Banquet Speech by Ernest Hemingway (excerpt)(2 minutes)

As Ernest Hemingway was unable to be present at the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm, 10 December 1954, the speech was read and recorded on a later date. In this audio recording, you can hear paragraph 2-7.


 Ernest Hemingway’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

No writer who knows the great writers who did not receive the Prize can accept it other than with humility. There is no need to list these writers. Everyone here may make his own list according to his knowledge and his conscience. It would be impossible for me to ask the Ambassador of my country to read a speech in which a writer said all of the things which are in his heart. Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses he will endure or be forgotten.Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with good luck, he will succeed.How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.I have spoken too long for a writer. A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it. Again I thank you.


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Shrimp, Prawns, and Shellfish

 Prawns, shrimp, scallops, and small pieces of fish work nicely on kabobs, which can be marinated–or not–and cooked directly on the grill. Be sure to keep a close tabs on the process–seafood tends to require less cooking time than meat.

Prep Time: 30 Min…….Cook Time: 10 Min……….Ready In:  2 Hrs 40 Min

Servings  6


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached
  • skewers


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Reserve a small amount for basting later. Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag with shrimp. Seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-low heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 5 minutes per side, or until opaque, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
  • Pre soak skewers in water for 30 mins prior to using…
    Also try marinading the Shrimp in  White Wine (Chardonnay)
    Keep a water spray bottle near by when Grilling to help keep your fire at bay if using Charcoal and to moisturize the meat…Blue
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