OPEN LETTER TO POPPA


…………………………………..J.D.Salinger to Ernest Hemingway (1946). JFK Library, Boston.

Read the instructions carefully before applying the message to the person.

Dispose of package carefully.

Side-effects — be careful.

Quote carefully.

W.F.Kammann

2 Comments

  1. wfkammann said,

    April 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

    PEDOPHILE PRIESTS
    With all the attention given to pedophile priests (nearly eclipsing March Madness) it is refreshing to see a post that doesn’t sensationalize the cover-up by Pope Benedict XVI but rather highlights one of America’s great patriots and writers: J. D. Salinger.

    POPPA HEMINGWAY
    Mr. Salinger, writing from his hospital bed in Germany, addresses America’s answer to the Pope: Poppa Hemingway. He’d met Poppa in Paris at the Liberation and Poppa had encouraged his writing. Remember, Jerry had fallen in love with Oona O’Neil in his early twenties; so, hobnobbing with American literary greats was nothing new to him. Oona went on to marry Charlie Chaplin, who was in his fifties (is this where Jerry got the idea?)! Psychoanalysts chime in here.

    SEX WITH YOUNG GIRLS
    With Roman Polanski’s new movie “The Ghost Writer” in cinemas and the director under house arrest in his villa in Switzerland awaiting trial, sex with under-age girls is back on the radar screen. But Jerry assures us “They asked me about my sex life (which couldn’t be normaler- gracious!) and about my childhood (Normal. My mother took me to school till I was twenty-four – but you know New York streets), and then they finally asked me how I liked the Army. I’ve always liked the Army.” Our hero was a little shell shocked from D-day and tells us “Nothing was wrong with me except that I’ve been in an almost constant state of despondency and I thought it would be good to talk to somebody sane.” After chasing down Nazis he finally married one named Silvia. He had the good taste to divorce her quickly and later referred to her as Saliva.

    ORAL SEX
    Speaking of oral sex, Joyce Maynard, the young Yale co-ed and writer whom Jerry seduced with a letter, detailed her affair with Salinger in the early 1970’s painting an unflattering picture of him eating frozen peas for breakfast and undercooked lamb burger for dinner. She said their sexual relationship consisted entirely of oral sex which may give an added interpretation to Jerry’s remark to Poppa about Vienna “I was there for nearly a year in 1937 and I want to put some ice-skates on some Viennese girl’s feet again. That’s not much to ask of the Army.”

    I’M NOT A JEW?
    You see, Jerry had thought he was Jewish (after all, his father Sol sold kosher cheese) until he discovered after his bar mitzvah that his mother Marie (Miriam) nee Jillich was a Scots-Irish Catholic passing for Jewish. Isn’t this Heinrich Heine’s story all over again? Heine WAS a Jew but he was named Christian and converted to Lutheranism quipping that Berlin was worth a sermon and even fantasized that he might be elected Pope.

    MORE ON JERRY AND LESTER TO FOLLOW

  2. wfkammann said,

    April 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    BROTHER LESTER
    Leicester C. Hemingway, only brother to the great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on April 1, 1915. Like Ernest, Leicester was a writer, world traveler, and avid outdoorsman. He worked as a newspaper reporter, photo editor, boat builder, and authored many articles on fishing and outdoor activities for men’s publications, along with six books.

    THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET
    Among these books was a novel entitled, The Sound of the Trumpet (1953), which was based on his experiences in France and Germany during World War II. This work received slight praise by critics, but many seemed to think that Leicester was simply living in the shadow of his older brother. A review of this work in The New York Times declared that Leicester Hemingway was part of the first younger generation shaped by the writings of Ernest Hemingway.

    MY BROTHER, ERNEST HEMINGWAY
    Leicester’s most famous and well-received work, a biography entitled, My Brother, Ernest Hemingway (1961), is considered by some to be the finest work on the subject. For the last five years of his life, Leicester focused his attentions on The Bimini Out Islands News, a small monthly newsletter on fishing.

    NEW ATLANTIS
    Besides his work as a writer, it is not as widely known that Leicester was also the founder of a new island republic off the coast of Jamaica, declared New Atlantis, on July 4, 1964. Built up from a depth of fifty feet, the 8 x 30 ft. “country” was constructed with iron pipes, stones, bamboo, and stainless steel. Essentially, it amounted to a bamboo raft, anchored by a railroad axle and an old Ford engine block, six miles off the west coast of Jamaica near Bluefields.

    In February 1965, the Republic’s seven voters—all chosen by the island’s founder—made Leicester their first president. The formal election of the republic’s first government incited another round of press notices, including a six-column front-page headline in the leading Kingston, Jamaica, newspaper. Leicester solemnly told the paper that his new Republic “would be a peaceful power and would not threaten” its Caribbean neighbors.

    To fund the construction of New Atlantis, Hemingway used all the proceeds from his biography, My Brother, Ernest Hemingway, and though the island was quite small, he had plans to expand it in the future. Unfortunately, this never came to be, as the tiny island nation of New Atlantis was destroyed in a storm only a few years after its creation.

    GUANO
    Leicester soon informed the press that he had taken possession of half the “island” on behalf of the United States government under the authority of the obscure U.S. Guano Islands Act of 1856. Guano (bird excrement) was a valuable commercial fertilizer in the 19th century and there was something of a gold rush among Western nations to claim unoccupied areas having guano deposits during the middle part of that century. The Guano Islands Act of 1856 opened the game to U.S. citizens by authorizing them to take possession, on behalf of the U.S. government, of any unoccupied “island, rock or key” on which a guano deposit was found. The Guano Islands Act has never been repealed, rendering it theoretically available to 20th-century adventurers like Leicester Hemingway. Several U.S. territories—including Midway Island in the Northern Pacific—were originally occupied under the Guano Islands Act. Hemingway lay claim to the “unoccupied” half of his new island on behalf of the United States. He reserved the remaining half for the aspiring nation of New Atlantis.

    SUICIDE: A FAMILY TRADITION
    Late in his life, Leicester was diagnosed with a severe case of Type II diabetes, and, after suffering through five operations and the possibility of losing his legs, he decided to end his life in 1982 at the age of 67. Tragically, he was not the first or last in his family to commit suicide. Ernest also shot himself in 1961, at the age of 62, his sister, Ursula and grandniece, Margaux died at their own hands, and his father, Dr. Clarence Edmonds Hemingway killed himself in 1928 after suffering from depression.