Monday, June 18, 2012


Immortality or Worm Food
by Vincent Zandri

  Love him or hate him, Ernest Hemingway is hot these days. More than fifty years after his death by self-inflicted gunshot wound, the ever prodigal Papa is once more showing up in films and new books. Most notably in Woody Allen's  Midnight In Paris and presently in HBO's  Hemingway and Gellhorn.
It all makes me wonder: what makes one writer immortal and another forgotten almost as soon as his or her body becomes food for the worms?
Hemingway was a romantic individual. Handsome, big, outspoken, he was an adventurer, traveler, and a fan of the ladies. He also had a real cool name. One wonders if the author would have become a phenom had his name been Irwin Lipschtiz. But no matter what's in a name, his work was groundbreaking, especially the early stories that came together collectively in the 1924 volume, In Our Time.
I think it's possible that good writing might not be enough to make one immortal. Like Norman Mailer (who followed the Hemingway macho, bad boy line pretty closely), or even Elizabeth Gilbert (who has become a dynamic and charismatic speaker aside from a mega-bestseller), it's important that a writer also develop a cult of personality in order to achieve the kind of fame that will last and last.
Are seeking immortality in your writing?  Or as a writer, are you seeking the immortal?
My Thoughts:
I have read many of Mr. Zandri's novels and I am a great fan of his writing but Permanence was quite different. It was written in the first person view of a young woman in distress and her relationship with her "Doctor." At first I was unsure of the path that the author has taken but I figured it out very quickly. The novel was a quick read and took me on a journey through the mind of a woman who has many psychological problems. Mary's relationship with her "Doctor" was intense but also very creepy and weird. The scene descriptions were fantastic and I found myself immersed in the words and the emotions of the characters. Mr. Zandri has written another GREAT novel in a style very different from his previous novels. So go out and pick up a copy of the novel. You will not be disappointed.


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  1. Would love to win a print copy of Scream Catcher to add to my Vin Zandri library.


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