November 11, 2014: I’m not a huge fan of Hemingway. I know a lot of my fellow literary dorks would call this blasphemous, but his brutal themes and taciturn characters have always sort of rubbed me the wrong way. Like, I get it guy! I don’t need to read another story about hunting or fishing or bullfighting.
But even haters like me have to admit that Hemingway’s writing style is pretty impressive. What puts it so far above the work of his contemporaries, however, is his ability to say so much by saying so little. Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory” basically suggests that the tip of the iceberg (i.e., what’s written on the page) is only a fraction of the larger, underlying themes (i.e., what’s not written on the page).