It’s amazing that Hemingway could raise 5,000 francs, since his friends weren’t doing any better than he was. Hadley was paying most of the bills (piano lessons and a small annuity). Still, it’s quite the dedication to art, and owning a Miró must have been quite thrilling. Imagine bringing that painting home, then slipping outside to catch a pigeon. Heady days back then.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.