Is there anyone modern day who can step into these shoes? What made Hemingway was that he really was larger than life, he didn't act the part, he was the part. Craig Boddington?
Thank you V, as always, good careful thought. I get the feeling that Woke is disproportionately represented because the media of recent times has been liberal. The question is by how much? It is interesting to note that since the silent conservative majority ('Strong') has been prodded into reaction it appears that a) the Strong is actually larger than we thought, and that b) the Woke is smaller than we thought and doesn't represent the mild liberals. For example, look at how Fox news consistently trounces CNN etc. Also look at the very vocal backlash to the far left, even counties seriously wanting to split from liberal states.I think this will be difficult.
First of all, current western society has a difficulty with « heroes » and « legends ». Unless of course they are some woke ideal. Just look at todays real life action hero by any standard, Zelensky.
Going through recent covers of the Times or Newsweek, you will not find very much young virile strong (dangerous) men or women! with politically incorrect occupations.
And that brings me to the second point, in order for someone to become a contemporary legend in his/her own right, publicity is needed. His/her exploits will need to be communicated to many. However that would put the spotlight on the activity of hunting, which most professionals today can do without. Nobody wants to come under the same media scrutiny as a certain US dentist.
Look at Trump junior, we know he hunts, he is proud to support hunting, but we do not exactly hear about his exploits while hunting either.
Unfortunately around the fall of the Berlin Wall and the long period of prosperity in most countries that followed, the West decided that the soft liberal intellectual type was the hero of the time, but even then to be thorn down as fast as possible if anything were amiss according to the latest version of acceptable behaviour from the Woke.
My thoughts this morning,
Nobody that currently writes. They’re too busy listing every item that they get sponsored to represent for their writing to rise to the level of the great writers of yesteryear.
That is likely true. But if they do not gain general public recognition and acceptance, their existence doesn't matter. Even for them, Roosevelt needed San Juan Hill, and Hemingway "A Farewell to Arms."That is an absolutely excellent observation!! It is no longer about the literary value but monetization of a following and likes!
I’m convinced we have a modern day Hemingway, Ruark or even Roosevelt…… you just don’t know who they are because they are not on TikTok or Facebook.
It is important to remember that Ruark and Hemingway were great writers (Hemingway arguably the greatest of the twentieth century) who also happened to be sportsmen and wrote about that passion or incorporated into their more famous works. The average Hemingway reader will be familiar with "The Old Man and the Sea" or "For Whom the Bell Tolls" but almost certainly never cracked a page of "Green Hills of Africa." Ruark, far less well known, will still be cited outside our rather small circle for "Something of Value" rather than "Use Enough Gun."
I know of no such broadly gifted modern writer today who is also an outdoorsman.
A modern sporting writer like Boddington has no following outside the hunting world, and quite of few of us who share it with him, while in awe of his prolific production, find his actual writing journeyman at best. Perhaps one of the last truly exceptional purely outdoor writers was Jack O'Connor - a man who was formally educated as a journalist.
Unless someone immune to cancellation like a J.K Rowling or John Grisham emerges from the closet and starts writing great prose based upon their hunting experiences, I think the age of truly great outdoor writing is well and truly over.
Don't forget jack London. Great author, adventurer and all around bad ass.Great writing in general has been on the decline since it’s peak in the previous century. Who today can be included in the same cohort as Hemingway, Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Steinbeck? The dumbing down of America, by deemphasizing the study of great writing, leads us to a point where there are far fewer great writers. Outdoor journalism is no exception.
Exactly what I was thinking!!! I graduated in 2010.. I remember reading for English class and the stuff was so dumbed down it was ridiculous. Fully 3/4 of people who get published have absolutely no business writingGreat writing in general has been on the decline since it’s peak in the previous century. Who today can be included in the same cohort as Hemingway, Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Steinbeck? The dumbing down of America, by deemphasizing the study of great writing, leads us to a point where there are far fewer great writers. Outdoor journalism is no exception.