Ernest Hemingway, July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961, was an American writer, journalist, Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winner. Here are some lesser-known facts.
Sir Ian Holm, the veteran actor known for stage and film and even more famously for his role as Bilbo Baggins has passed away. He was in the hospital with his family and it was said that he passed peacefully.
He was a classical trained actor and excelled in his roles like in Chariots of Fire(1981) which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. He also starred in science fiction classics hits like Alien (1979) as the android Ash and The Fifth Element (1997) as Vito Cornelius.
Sir Ian Holm leaves behind many who will cherish his legacy. Family, friends, colleagues and fans alike.
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Larry Kramer, American author, playwright, film producer, and activist born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has died aged 84. He wrote the screenplay for the 1969 film Women in Love and earned an Academy Award nomination for his work. Later with his novel Faggots, he introduced a very confrontational and controversial style. This novel, despite the mixed reviews, has become “one of the bestselling novels about gay life ever written.” He became an AIDS activist when he witnessed the spread of the disease among his community. He co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and expressed his frustrations about the mishandling of the crisis on his play The Normal Heart.
He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the play The Destiny of Me and received the Obie Award Twice.
Here are some quotes to remember him by:
“There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own.” ― Faggots
The only way we’ll have real pride is when we demand recognition of a culture that isn’t just sexual. It’s all there—all through history we’ve been there; but we have to claim it, and identify who was in it, and articulate what’s in our minds and hearts and all our creative contributions to this earth. And until we do that, and until we organize ourselves block by neighborhood by city by state into a united visible community that fights back, we’re doomed. That’s how I want to be defined: as one of the men who fought the war. ― The Normal Heart
“Don’t lose that anger. Just have a little more patience and forgiveness. For yourself as well.” ―
“All your life has been a journey to find an identity.” ― Faggots
“Was it not better to wear it, do it, live it, than suppress it? That only leads, on an international scale of course, to war.” ― Faggots
“Progress is unimaginably difficult, dangerous, always at risk, always made by people with only partial vision.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“Nothing works for everybody.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“Sugar is the most important thing in my life. All the rest is just to stay alive.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“We’re living through war, but where they’re living it’s peacetime, and we’re all in the same country.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“American actors, historical, familial, political, theatrical, move blindly ahead toward a future that never is, and never can be, clear.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
“The great error has been to mistake the darkness for damnation, to surrender to immobility or worse, to try to retrace our steps backward to a safety that has ceased to exist or never existed.” ― The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me: Two Plays
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Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR Tolkien has died aged 95, the Tolkien Society reports. In a recent statement on twitter, they had this to say: “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”
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Christopher continued the legacy of his father, author of Lord of the Rings, after his death in 1973, and was an author of his own work. Having grown up listening to his father’s stories, fantasy was deeply ingrained in his life from an early age. He was the first scholar of Middle Earth, even making a map of the fantasy space – which you can see firsthand in the British Library. He dedicated much of his life to editing and publishing his father’s writing.
Christopher was critical of the film adaption Lord of the Rings in an interview with Le Monde in France, stating that his father’s work had been gutted in order to market an action movie to young people. Tolkien initially sold the rights to his work for £100,000 – an amount that seems small in consideration of the legacy of the series today.
Many fans of Lord of the Rings have reached out on Twitter to express their sadness at this loss.
Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it… White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise. #RIP
— Henny’s tweets ✊??? (@HennyPlat) January 16, 2020
It’s rare to find a literary executor who so lived up to, and expanded the reach and scope of the someone else’s work. He was a champion, scholar, veteran and devoted son. RIP.
— Mark A. Kruszczynski, Ph.D. (@MarKruszczynski) January 16, 2020
Christopher will be remembered fondly for ensuring that his father’s legacy lived on after his death and expanding on a world so cherished by fantasy lovers all over the world.
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I know it’s still too soon, but I also think it might always be, so let’s do this – sure, the book is serious, but we can still laugh. And we will. Because this is the internet, and if I know nothing else, I know for certain that there are memes about everything. Let’s laugh at some sad ones.
it Really is the Stars
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This is actually like getting hit with an air cannon or something. How do you come up with this? How did no one else? This is devastating. Obviously the original quote is about making bad choices, and the quote in this book is about how sometimes things are out of our control, but this? This is just taking things to another level of irreverence. The cancer constellation? Absolutely devastating. No comeback possible.
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Oh, these seagulls. It really is like a room full of John Green fans. What can they get themselves caught on like the beaks in the sail? Hazel’s breathing tube? I never really got the always thing, since Isaac and what’s-her-name were a terrible couple. And ok? I should stop, or the seagulls would come for me, but I thought the premise of ‘okay’ had some minor flaws, imo. Don’t kill me, okay? Okay. Please.
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Why is this just a screenshot of the movie, you might ask? I kid. That IV is like the size of his entire body. And no one wanted to take his glasses off? They don’t have bee beds? Bee doctors? I’m sorry to go off on a tangent, but this movie raises so many questions. And is that IV filled with honey? I confess to knowing very little about bees, but I’m sure, if nothing else, they don’t have honey for blood.
Is That the Look?
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Alright, I know you guys all love this guy, and I’m not judging. But he has NO moves. No moves at all. He sees a pretty girl and he just STARES at her. I know she’s flattered, but I think it’s a little rude objectively. I don’t think we really needed evidence this book isn’t set in New York, but this is it. That staring thing would NOT fly, let me tell you. The fake smoking thing DEFINITELY wouldn’t fly. I don’t remember where this is set, I’m sorry, but you can get away with a lot.
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Ok sure, it’s irony, or something, but it’s also true. And this isn’t the only example. She’s sicker, but he dies first. Too soon? You know that’s what I was going for. Plus, you know, in the beginning, she says something about not believing in sugar coating, but the love story is mad sugar coated. I’m not hating! I’m just saying. Romanticizing love and romanticizing death have always gone hand in hand. Why not here?
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