March 15, 2010
It was announced that the Key West Home of Ernest Hemingway has been named a “Literary Landmark”. The home is the location where he wrote “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. There is no doubt that this is a deserving and long overdue designation by the “American Library Association”.
That part is a good thing.
The part that bothered me was that neither The Huffington Post or the AP Release they cited as source material mentioned the other famous thing about this property – The Six Toed Cats on the property that are descendants of an original cat owned by Hemingway (click here for more info).
Naming something as a landmark is GREAT but if we REALLY want to encourage people to go visit, we need to remind them about the Six Toed Cats.
I’ve been there with my wife and I have toured the property. I don’t remember much about the house but I do remember the Six Toed Cats.
How excited do you the think the kids are going to be about going to see a dead author’s house when the Carnival/Disney cruise ship stops in Key West. Not Very.
Tell the kids that it is – THE MUTANT CAT HOUSE!! – They will be racing to see who gets there first.
Sneaky way to get your kids edumacated so they can be sophisticated writers like Hemingway. Not writers of shlocky blogs.
As always –