By DOUG MOORE In a rare interview, a frustrated novelist and author says he stopped reading books he thought were “too boring” and “not fun.”
In this exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail, John L. Clark talks about his experience in publishing and the book he bought for $2,600, a book he believes “was a waste of money.”
Clark, a former Toronto Star columnist, first read about books by John Updike and Ernest Hemingway when he was a young writer, but said he was drawn to Hemingways and Updikes novels because they made him think about his own childhood.
“I read them, and I was really impressed by their writing,” he said.
“They were the most beautiful writing I had ever read.”
Clark said he became addicted to Hemings books after reading his novel The Wasp Factory and a couple of other Hemingies.
“When I first got into Hemingys writing, I thought I was going to kill myself.
I just wanted to read it.
But then I thought, maybe it’s a great way to make you forget about everything else,” Clark said.
He has since read all three of Hemingays novels, and is not planning to stop until he reads his next Hemingay.
“It’s like reading a poem and I’m reading it in the same breath,” Clark told The Globe.
“It’s very rewarding, because you can really feel the weight of it, and it’s something that will stay with you.”
But as he becomes older and writes less, he’s becoming increasingly frustrated by what he calls Hemingist writing, in which he’s seen as “too repetitive” and that he is “just repeating myself.”
“I think I was a little too predictable,” Clark, who lives in Vancouver, said.
“And I didn’t know what the right answer was to the question ‘what is it like to be an author?'”‘
It’s a book for everyone’For Clark, he thinks Hemingries writing was not about him, but about the reader.
“He’s an author who was a writer who was, at heart, a writer,” he told The Guardian.
“Hemingway was not a great writer; he was, in a way, an extraordinary writer.
But he also wrote to a wider audience.”‘
The most interesting book I’ve read in my life’In the end, he said, “I think Heming is the best book I have ever read in all my life.”
Clark is not alone in his frustration with Heming’s writing.
“There’s a big gap between the best and the worst,” said Mark Twain, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a critic of Hemings.
“The best books I’ve ever read are very good.
But if you want to read an interesting book, you’re going to have to read a book by someone like Heming,” Twain told The New York Times in 2008.
The writer said Heming had a knack for being a writer of both worlds, writing about the world of the rich and famous and about the life of ordinary people.
“What I love about Heming, in my opinion, is that he doesn’t write about anything he doesn: he’s not trying to be a storyteller,” Twain said.
A writer’s book ‘is not a book, it’s not a collection of words, it is not a set of instructions or guidelines’John L. and John Clark have a collection called The Books of John L, and they have not read it, but have read enough of it to know it is interesting.
“Every once in a while, I’ll look at the book and say, ‘Wow, that’s the kind of writing I would want to do in my career,'” said Clark.
“And then I read the next book.
So I think it’s interesting to read what John L did.
I don’t know why he didn’t write more Hemingian books.
But I do.”
For Clark and Twain, it has become a source of constant frustration.
“If it’s hard for me to get to the books I want to, or if it’s frustrating to read the books that I want, it seems to me that it’s because I’m not a Hemingish reader,” Twain wrote in his 2014 book, What I Know.
“You can have a Hemerian book and not read Hemingistic books.
And it seems like it’s just as hard to find Hemingists in your neighborhood as Hemingis, but I can’t find Hemism in my neighborhood.”
But Clark, Twain and the other Heminger scholars agree that while some writers can be a little boring, Hemingism is the only genre in which the author has a clear and consistent vision and the ability to make the reader feel connected to the world.
“This is an art form,” Twain famously said.When he