Ernest Hemingway: My opinion is I hate it.
Gil: Well you haven’t even read it yet.
Ernest Hemingway: If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing, and if it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate all the more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.
This is a quote from Woody Allen’s film “Midnight in Paris”, a fantasy where a young aspiring writer is magically transported every night to Paris of the 1920’s.
There he meets some of the most prolific writers and artists of that day ; Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Zelda and F.Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, and the always fascinating Hemingway.
It expresses the theme of a lovely entry from SuzieSpeaks that has been re-blogged recently.
It’s the first thing that came to mind when I read her thoughtful blog post. Even the great ones must have looked at each other’s brilliance with a bit of caution and polite envy.
Or at least they did in the eyes of screenwriters like Woody Allen.
Corey Stoll is brilliant in the role of a young, feisty Ernest Hemingway. When Owen Wilson’s character, Gil, asks him to read his work in progress, he hands the task off to Gertrude Stein.
A writer’s dream.