Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Sun Also Rises

I knew from Google that I was going to have wait until almost 6 a.m. to be sure the sun would rise in the foothills west of Denver.
I needed a dream to come up a way to describe the defeat of master showman Donald Trump’s healthcare bill.
To lift from Ernest Hemmingway, I knew I knew I was not very impressed by very many of Donald Trump’s titles. Sure, could knock down almost anyone in the Princeton gym.
“He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and thoroughly …”
“… I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight

Hemingway, Ernest (2002-07-25). The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway Library Edition) (p. 3). Scribner. Kindle Edition.”
But unlike Hemingway’s time, radio and TV networks were as a common as “Spider Kelley’s star pupil.”
But when the sun came up the banner headlines were still all over the world Saturday morning. I could have taken an entire day and a dozen languages to translate them all.
Stories carried around the world by “useful idiots” like myself.
For the first time Trump was getting his own version of the Iceberg Theory (sometimes known as the heory of omission") is a style of writing (turned colloquialism) coined by American writer Ernest Hemingway. As a young journalist, Hemingway had to focus his newspaper reports on immediate events, with very little context or interpretation. When he became a writer of short stories, he retained this minimalistic style, focusing on surface elements without explicitly discussing underlying themes. Hemingway believed the deeper meaning of a story should not be evident on the surface, but should shine through implicitly. Critics such as Jackson Benson claim that the iceberg theory, along with Hemingway's distinctive clarity of style, functioned to " distance himself from the characters he created.
Even an abysmal losses couldn’t stop the headline machine. Trump’s son was in trouble with dad for going skiing in Aspen, Colorado while father’s health care bill couldn’t even make it to the polls.
But there were no reports of his old man picking up dying people on the streets of the “Big Apple.” Perhaps Chicago would have been a more productive site.
                   Photo Lauren Glendenning
The Aspen report was denied but as usual several family photos told otherwise.
At least any family member could have afforded medical care if a tree got in the way on a black diamond. And the family 757 was available though perhaps a bit large for the runway.
Hillary Clinton’s 14-year-old Boeing 737 could have landed if a tsunami of bad, fake and and even good news hadn’t blotted her from the sky on election day.

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