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The Chris Hedges Report: Hemingway’s Shadow

There is much in Hemingway’s life and writing to admire, and much to reject.

By Chris Hedges / The Real News Network

The writer Mark Kurlansky, by a series of coincidences, spent his life as a journalist and author in the shadow of Ernest Hemingway, starting with his presence in Idaho on the day Hemingway died. Kurlansky would reside and work during his career in Paris, the Basque region of Spain, Cuba, and Ketchum, Idaho—all places where Hemingway lived, and where his myth remains firmly implanted and celebrated. Kurlansky struggled to free himself from the haunting presence of Hemingway, whose life—starting with the tales he told of being an ambulance driver in Italy in World War I—was a confusing blur of fact, exaggeration, hyperbole, and lies. There is much in Hemingway’s life and writing to admire, and much to reject. Mark Kurlansky joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss his new book “The Importance of Not Being Ernest: My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway.” Chris Hedges interviews writers, intellectuals, and dissidents, many banished from the mainstream, in his half-hour show, The Chris Hedges Report. He gives voice to those, from Cornel West and Noam Chomsky to the leaders of groups such as Extinction Rebellion, who are on the front lines of the struggle against militarism, corporate capitalism, white supremacy, the looming ecocide, as well as the battle to wrest back our democracy from the clutches of the ruling global oligarchy.

Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of show The Chris Hedges Report.


  1. I was hoping a transcript would be posted. For me, the miking on Mark Kurlansky was so wretched, I could hardly understand even single phrases.

  2. Dear Mr. Hedges!
    Congratulations on your good work!
    My name is Serge Dukhanov.
    I am a Russian journalist and I also translate and publish in Russia articles, mainly analytical ones, by American, but also international, authors from alternative media.
    The stories appear mostly in The Svobobdnaya Pressa (The Free Press) and some other publications.
    Among the authors that I translate are Paul Craig Roberts, The Saker, M. Chossudovsky and many others.
    I was recently approached by another Russian Internet portal – GEOFOR.RU (they also have an English-language page ). They are asking an interview with you.
    Would you care to answer their questions? If you don’t have time to write you could send me an audio file and I will type/translate it.
    If you agree, please let me know at the e-mail address that I attached to this message and I will send the questions at the address that you specify.
    Thank you very much in advance,
    With respect,
    Serge Duhanov

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