The word wizard may
come from the Persian word Wazir.
Wazirs belonged to the ruling classes
of the civizations of Central
Wazirs were also called Tajik, men of the pen or wise men.
The term wizard is a bastard child of Wazir brought to the West by the
knights of the First Crudsade and was typically bestowed upon men of learning,
Life was forged in the valleys.
up onto the hills on the old terrors, the old lusts.
walk up the hills so you can
We cannot choose freedom established on a hierarchy
degrees of freedom, on a caste
system of equality.
To be free is not to claim freedom, but
"Our tragedy today is a general and universal
There are no longer problems of the spirit.
There is only the question:
When will I be blown up?
The young man or woman writing today has
forgotten the problems of the human
heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because
only that is worth writing about, worth
the agony and the sweat.
He must learn them again.
He must teach himself that the basest
of all things is to be afraid.
Teaching himself to leave no
room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the
heart, the universal
truths lacking which any story is
ephemeral and doomed - honor and
he does so, he labors under a curse.
He writes not of compassion but
of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses
anything of value, of
victories without hope, worst, without
His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars.
He writes not of the
heart but of the glands." - William Faulkner
Speech after receiving
the Nobel Prize for Literature (10 December 1950)
Ernest Hemingway was seriously injured in combat during World War
In the "War To End All Wars" he had been a non-combatant ambulance
driver and stretcher-bearer.
Ernest Hemingway survived through
pneumonia, skin cancer,
two plane crashes (on consecutive
days), a ruptured kidney,
a ruptured spleen, a
ruptured liver, a
crushed vertebra and a
fractured skull - more
than once (no wonder he had headaches).
Ernest Hemingway hung out in
Paris with F Scott Fitzgerald, TS
Eliot, Ezra Pound, EE
Cummings, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner,
Miller, Aldous Huxley,
James Joyce, Dashiell Hammett, Virginia Woolf,
JRR Tolkien - they were
given the title of the 'Lost Generation' due to WWI.
Ezra Pound was a mentor
during this period.
Ernest Hemingway was married four times.
Ernest Hemingway's book The Old Man and the Sea published in
1952 won him the Pulitzer
Prize in 1953 and the
Nobel Prize in
Literature in 1954.
J. Edgard Hoover had
personally placed him under FBI
Hemingway suffered repeated head injuries, had
mental breakdowns, struggled
with depression, was
thought to be an
alcoholic and died of a self
inflicted gunshot wound to the head at 61.
committed suicide at
his vacation retreat in Ketchum, Idaho after being discharged from a
at the Mayo Clinic in
Rochester where he received a series of
"treatments" (ECT); diagnosed as depression from experiencing the
World War I exaggerated by multiple
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