The View From Hemingway's Attic

Culture, politics, literature

William Hazelgrove

William Hazelgrove
chicago, Illinois, usa
January 27
William Hazelgrove is the best selling author of four novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways and Rocket Man. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man was chosen Book of the Year by Books and He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic. He lives in Chicago.


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JUNE 1, 2012 1:12PM

Anybody But the Black Guy

ABTBG. Anybody but the black guy. The secret weapon of the Romney campaign is not the Super Pac money or the fact he is a business man or that he has some plan to get the economy moving, his secret weapon is that he is white and the President… Read full post »
MAY 31, 2012 1:02PM

The Secret Writing Life

Most people don't know you are a writer. Most people wouldn't know what to do if you told them you were. You are the father, the husband, the wife, the mother, the sister, the brother, the neighbor, the shopper, the guy in the garage, the man on the roof, whatever.… Read full post »
MAY 30, 2012 6:17PM

Finishing a Book

Just finished the first draft of a new novel. The weird thought of what next begins right away. For almost a year you are focused on just finishing. And then you finish and immediately you think about the rewrite. And you give yourself a day to officially put the capstone… Read full post »
MAY 30, 2012 5:10PM

The Politics of the F Bomb

I know a woman who was threatened with the loss of her job at a company because she used the Fbomb. Apparently the manager called her into the office and said that he had reports she had been throwing Fbombs around. The woman didn't know what he was talking about.… Read full post »
MAY 23, 2012 5:29PM

The Hell of Health Care

So I got a flyer in the mail saying I could get my teeth cleaned with X rays and a general oral check up for thirty nine dollars. Great. Why not. I have Dental Insurance but it is very low limit and I thought it would be better to just… Read full post »
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MAY 22, 2012 5:52PM

Going to the NATO Demonstration

First you ride the train without any backpacks or suitcases or satchels of any kind. No one is on the train on the third day of the NATO Summit. You ride along as a suspicious conductor with SECURITY takes your ticket and then moves on grim faced to scan the… Read full post »
MAY 16, 2012 3:55PM

Reading Novels About Writers

Guilty pleasures for writers are reading novels about writers. Straight Man, Wonder Boys, Factotum, Rocket Man. You just want to read about someone going through the same doubts you are and in this world where no one else seems to be doing what you are doing, it is like having… Read full post »
Parents are not rich. Most of them. Yet in the age of ending entitlements, and if you don't know that this is the age we live in then you will soon enough, there are parents who still think they should send their kids to schools they can not afford. The… Read full post »
There is a book out called the Tyranny of Cliches which supposedly puts the lie to Liberal/Left Wing ideals and propaganda. The authors epiphanic moment came when he deduced that Liberal views or talking points or ideals were not founded in any sort of reality at all. The liberals have no… Read full post »
You are on your own. Maybe you have something or maybe you have nothing. The book has gotten so big that there are parts you are not sure how they relate to the whole and still it doesn't end. You just keep going with the thought that the book must… Read full post »
MAY 4, 2012 7:27PM

Are the Suburbs the new city?

Conglomeration and global economy and ecommerce. Hmm. Shopping malls shuttered and dark and ma and pa businesses going out of business like so many lights powering down on an old grid no longer sustainable. And there is the city. People conglomerated around large buildings so people can work togethe… Read full post »
APRIL 30, 2012 1:52PM

Titanic in 3D

Romeo and Juliette on a ship. That is the way James  Cameron originally sold Titanic to the studio executives. He said it was his shortest pitch. Seeing Titanic again in 3D was not so much the wow the boat is coming right at you experience as it was a demonstration… Read full post »
APRIL 27, 2012 4:54PM

Franzens Farther Away :Essays

I'm a Franzen freak. I'll admit it. I sent him my fourth novel for a blurb and heard nothing back of course. I expected no less. I have read and reread The Corrections and Freedom both three times each. I hated and loved both books upon initial reading and then… Read full post »
APRIL 25, 2012 7:29PM

The Singular Life of Writing Fiction

You don't golf. You don't bowl. You don't play tennis or poker or get together with the guys at the gym. You don't have any other hobbies really. You maybe bike or jog but this is all to the end of writing. You write fiction and besides the rest of… Read full post »
APRIL 24, 2012 5:07PM

Reading For Writing

Hard to do. Finding the right books that will allow you to keep writing. You need the rocket fuel or you can't keep going. Start reading dribble and it goes right off the rails. So you keep looking for the right blend of passion prose and subject that allows you… Read full post »
APRIL 24, 2012 12:14AM

The Kamikaze writing the Big Book

My mother in law asked me what I was working on. Usually I just say something vague, but I told her I was working on a big book and that I was six hundred and sixty pages into it. She paused, then looked at me and said "who the hell wants… Read full post »
APRIL 22, 2012 11:18AM

That First Novel

You have no idea what you are doing. You just start doing it. Somewhere after college the bright idea of writing a novel comes along and so you sit down and make an outline and start with that first scene that has been bobbing around in your head for years and you… Read full post »
APRIL 19, 2012 4:07PM

The Nuge's Cat Scratch Hate

Yeah the Nuge. Had his album with the Nuge bent way over with his hair hanging down in Cat Scratch Fever nirvana. All good with rock and roll and seventies pedal to the medal anthems like CSF and yeah he was pretty much the one hit wonder dude (who can remember… Read full post »
APRIL 14, 2012 10:51AM

Rich Mom, Middle class Mom

Yeah ok Ann Romney works. Sure she does. A mom of five boys. And the Rosen comment was terrible with a capital T. But really? Do we really think Ann Romney with a quarter billion dollars is on the same footing as middle class mothers? I don't think so. A middle/… Read full post »
APRIL 12, 2012 9:01AM

Brother says Trayvon stalked George!

I get it, Trayvon mugged George! George Zimmermans brother has laid it out for us on that hot Florida night. He has let us know that George was not following Trayvon and in fact the opposite happened: he was followed! The brother is very calm and we now see George's defence/… Read full post »
APRIL 12, 2012 12:42AM

All The Sad Lonely Men of Starbucks

Market is up. Recession over. So who are all these men in Starbucks? I have been coming to coffee houses for many years to get a little release from writing. I usually shuffle in the afternoon to a Starbucks and flop down in an old wing chair and get lost/… Read full post »
APRIL 11, 2012 12:15PM

The Publishing Worm in Apple

Yeah. I get why the big publishers went to Apple and said you know what; lets fix a price we can all live with here. Amazon is a leaking ship on the good seas of Ebook commerce and the economics are devastating. Ebooks drop pricing to the floor and Amazon was… Read full post »
APRIL 10, 2012 8:55PM

Will George Zimmerman run?

You wouldn't think the guy would just take off, but it is sure strange that George cut off communication with his attorneys and now is MIA. And the prosecutor said she will be releasing information within the next seventy two hours. And George is talking to Sean Hannity. I'd run. Sounds like… Read full post »
APRIL 9, 2012 5:32PM

Writing the Big Novel

Hmmm...about 571 pages into the Big Novel. Probably end up around a thousand. The interesting thing about the Big Novel is that it keeps growing out like an atomic mushroom cloud and instead of retracting as most novels do when you pass the halfway point, it just keeps growing. That is because… Read full post »
APRIL 6, 2012 11:42AM

Publishing Old Manuscripts

Everybody has them. All those books that misfired and never took off or just blew up on the launch pad. They represent years and years of toil and you would like for something to come of them because they represent your heart and soul. So in the new environment of EBooks,… Read full post »