All posts tagged: history

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

On this day, July 2, 1961, in Ketchum, Idaho, USA, the sound of a single gunshot echoed in the Hemingway home: Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel and Pulitzer prize winner had accidentally shot himself while cleaning his 12-gauge shotgun. The gun was found next to a robe-clad Hemingway, and Mary had to be sedated from her distress. It was a great loss to the Hemingway family, and a great loss to the literary world. It seems as though anything I would write in this anniversary post would seem somewhat clichéd and overdone. So instead, I’ve compiled some photos taken throughout Hemingway’s life to celebrate the unique individual that he was. Whenever I read his work, I am always imbued with a greater sense of meaning which facilitates coping with existential threat. Hemingway’s work is like an existential bandaid, if you will…I guess that just means his books make me happy. Photo Credit: JFK Library Hemingway Collection Advertisements

Melbourne in the 1920s

Melbourne, Melbourne. What a city you are. You’ve been touted as the best city to live in for the last 4 years, your alleyway restaurants and cafes are some of the best in the world, and you look pretty good on a rainy day. But how did you look before? I’ve trawled the internet to find photos of Melbourne from the flapper days of the 1920s. Going through all the images, even the ones from Edwardian times, it creates a feeling of nostalgia for a time you may have never lived. You also realise how strange a phenomenon time can be. When you think that along the paths you walk to get home, to work; the houses you live in and the buildings you work in, these places have existed for hundreds of years. Millions and millions and footsteps have pattered along the same streets we walk along now. And yet how often do we stop think about it? That we live in this ever changing world and it’s so brief yet so elongated at the …