Photo of the Day. (More Evidence that Times Change.)
Explanation is over on Garden & Gun. But yes, that’s Ernest Hemingway, and so, yes, you get the idea.
OK, spoiler alert: The G&G headline reads: “Hemingway’s Suicide Gun,” and the link between that thought and the article’s lead photo strongly suggests that Hemingway might have ended his life with his so-called “pigeon gun,” a W. & C. Scott & Son 12-guage side-by-side, which he was often photographed carrying and was one of his favorite guns. (This is meant as a refutation of the commonly held belief that the weapon was Boss from Abercrombie & Fitch.)
Now set aside that assertion for the moment, no matter its merits as part of an enduring literary mystery, or that it is all part of thesis of a new book.
Consider something else. Consider, for a moment, how much has changed. Whatever you think of the image above — whether you find it spooky or sublime — it’s hard to imagine a contemporary writer or public figure posing like this without being immediately and savagely spoofed.
(You know, like that guy in the Kremlin, who walks heavy, topless on camera, too… …and gets chuckled at around the globe.)
H/T: John Ismay.