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Found: Hemingway’s First Work of Fiction, Hidden in Freezer Bag

Ernest Hemingway, 1952/Photo © Earl Theisen Collection/Getty Images

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Hemingway’s first-ever fiction comes out from a deep freeze, a car crash brings to light the risks caused by long hours, and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

Is the world ready for the adventures of baby Hemingway? The author’s first known work of fiction – an imaginary journey through Scotland written when he was ten years old – has been found sealed in a freezer bag and stashed in an ammunition box. This cache was among objects tucked away in archives tended by Hemingway’s family friends, and Hemingway expert Sandra Spanier has pointed out how the fourteen-page travelogue fits with what we know of the distinctive writing style he would later grow into: “I find it very interesting that at the age of ten he is already checking his maps and finding these local landmarks.”

A car crash involving the star of “Riverdale” is causing ripples in the film/TV production world and igniting conversations about on-set safety. This article in The Hollywood Reporter suggests that showrunners will have the best luck enforcing these standards, and need to take charge of the pace that’s set from the very beginning: “If you can’t produce your show within the budget and days the studio gives you, then you have to push back, not overextend production.” K.J. Apa is fortunately unhurt and has been able to return to work, but the next young star pushed to the brink of exhaustion by fifteen-hour work days (followed by a thirty-minute drive home) might not be so lucky.

When we try to trace the musical influences of our favorite classical authors, we usually hit a dead end. Not so in the case of Walt Whitman, who claimed that opera was “essential to conceiving and writing his magnum opus,” Leaves of Grass. We’ve officially come full circle, since a fictional account of Whitman’s stint as a Civil War nurse is the subject of a new opera by Matthew Aucoin. The New York Times includes a thorough list of the operas from Whitman’s time that were most likely to have affected his writing. Due to technological advancements since the nineteenth century, we can listen to them whenever we want; Whitman would have considered this the height of luxury.

This weekend, “Saturday Night Live” presented a sketch about a man (played by Ryan Gosling) who was driven to the brink of insanity by the use of Papyrus in the logo for James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Of all the people amused by this, Chris Costello had the best laugh — he designed the font when he was twenty-three and sold it for a mere $750. Costello claims he received a flurry of notifications and fan mail after the sketch aired, and ultimately sympathizes with Gosling: “It was not my intent to be used for everything — it’s way overused.”