We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.
– Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Camping has a timeless appeal. It beckons people from all walks of life to abandon the modern comforts of home in search of the beauty and tranquility that only nature can provide. The love of nature transcends even the largest cultural and geological boundaries that separate us. Having some basic knowledge of how to get by in the wilderness is a requisite pillar of manliness, so it should come as no surprise to Hemingway fans that he would have some knowledge to offer.
Hemingway may have had the reputation of a booze-hound, but his work was the main priority in his life.
Although his drinking has been romanticized, it always took a backseat to his craft. His writing is the result of dedication to a good routine – not his booze fueled good times. Have you ever tried writing hungover? Fighting off the headache long enough to make a cup of coffee is challenging enough; writing Pulitzer Prize winning fiction is a near impossibility. Hemingway loved his liquor, and even created his own drink, but he was also an early bird who wrote every day from around 6 am until noon:
Death in the Afternoon
Fans of Papa Hemingway’s work know all about how to drink from a wine skin at the festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain. When bar crawling in Havana, they know to get their daiquiris at El Floridita and their mojitos at La Bodeguita. They are also well aware that Hemingway was an advocate of a mysterious and lesser known spirit known as absinthe.
Ernest Hemingway was one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century. Although he is famous for the contributions he made to the literary community, he remains an iconic figure because of his life off of the page.
Let’s face it – the man’s a legend.
He could do Anthony Bourdain’s job better than Anthony Bourdain. Whether he was fishing in the Gulf Stream, bar hopping during the running of the bulls, or slaying puss on safari (see pic below), Hemingway was no stranger to adventure.
The exotic locales and revelry always came second, however. Hemingway was endlessly devoted to his craft, working to produce some of the most influential prose ever written by an American author.
Be Like Hemingway was started to celebrate the charm, vitality, and work ethic that make Ernest Hemingway’s life and legacy so special .
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