Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hemingway on Mystical Writing


descriptive vs. deceptive mystical writing Posted by Hello



Friends, you may have noticed that an immaterial element, an otherworldliness has been said to be floating around in the shadowy spectral structures of Blog Core Values.


What I mean is this: certain posts have had a supernatural atmosphere...


"6 Esoteric Powers of the New Super Bloggers"

"Astral Blogging"

"Union of Blog & Yoga"

"Blogosphere as Hyperlinked Enclave"

and

"Activist Bloggers"


...all the above posts have leaked, to one degree or another, a MYSTICISM, an ethereal virtual nebulosity of contact with pervasive higher consciousness.

I should let a great writer explain

:: : Descriptive MYSTICISM vs. Deceptive "Mysticism" : ::




[QUOTE by Hemingway]


If a man writes cleverly enough any one can see if he fakes.

If he mystifies to avoid a straight statement, which is very different from breaking so-called rules of syntax or grammar to make an effect which can be obtained in no other way, the writer takes a longer time to be known as a fake, and other writers who are afflicted by the same necessity will praise him in their own defense.

True mysticism should not be confused with incompetence in writing, which seeks to mystify where there is no mystery, but is really only the necessity to fake to cover lack of knowledge, or the inability to state clearly.

Mysticism implies a mystery, and there are many mysteries; but incompetence is not one of them; nor is overwritten journalism made literature by the injection of a false epic quality. Remember this also: all bad writers are in love with the epic.

[END QUOTE]


--Ernest Hemingway
Death in the Afternoon (Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1932, page 54)

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