Thursday, August 16, 2012

Literary Fashion: Ernest Hemingway

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Hemingway has always been a writer I admired but not a man I admired. He treated his wives like secretaries and he wasn't the best father, but his simple style of writing and his honesty are far as writing goes. I read A Moveable Feast in Europe when I was studying abroad in graduate school, and still to this day I cannot get past his brutal honesty, and not in a good way. He can be honest about himself or life in general all he wants but when he belittles his friends in writing in perpetuity that's a little unforgivable. One example, and the worst, is when he brings F. Scott Fitzgerald's manhood into question. I include this in my lectures every year at the university when reading Hemingway. Maybe it can teach us all a lesson to not let our self esteem get in the way of knocking down other people to make ourselves feel better. 

So if you have never read Hemingway, you should do so soon.


If you're looking for a literary place to travel some day, Hemingway's house in Key West is always a great place to visit. They have six-toed cats, which are apparently descendants of Hemingway's cats, and you can drink like him at Sloppy Joe's  with his famous Papa Dobles drink (recipe below via The Florida Keys Cookbook). 

The Sloppy Joe's Papa Dobles. These are a little less strong than Ernest Hemingway preferred them.
  • 1 ¼ ounces of Barcardi Silver Rum
  • Fresh grapefruit juice
  • Grenadine
  • Club soda
  • Slice of key lime
Fill a 14-ounce cocktail shaker with ice cubes before adding rum. Fill to the rim with grapefruit juice. Add a splash of grenadine, sour mix, and club soda. Shake vigorously and pour the contents into a tall glass. Then add a slice of lime.

The Stronger Papa Doble That Hemingway Ordered

Hemingway, however, enjoyed strong drinks and the following is how Papa liked his Papa Dobles. Why did he like them strong? He hated reordering a drink, so he would just order doubles. Legend has it that Hemingway could drink 15-16 of these in one sitting. That's over two liters of rum.

  • 3 ounces of rum
  • 2 ounces of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce of fresh key lime juice
  • 1 ounce of maraschino cherry juice
Pour rum and juices into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until frothy. Then pour into a large martini or daiquiri glass. 

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