There was a nicely written article on Ernest Hemingway and the time he spent in Havana by writer Finn-Olaf Jones in this weekends Wall Street Journal Magazine (Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014, pages 148-153). Mr. Jones grew up with a strong Hemingway presence as a result of his Dad who was a Hemingway scholar. Mr. Jones has turned into quite a Hemingway aficionado himself and he has visited all of Hemingway’s homes including the Finca Vigia in Havana, Cuba.
It’s funny the interpretation you get at times after reading a short story from a writer’s perspective when he interviews a big time author like Ernest Hemingway. I had never heard of Milt Machlin before until I read about his three conversations over a five year period that he had with Hemingway in “Conversations with Ernest Hemingway”. His 1958 article appeared in Argosy (which at one time had rejected Hemingway). His stories included their first encounter as well as times when he visited the Finca Vigia in Cuba. I found them pretty interesting and decided to do a little research on Mr. Machlin and saw this story in the Virginia Quarterly Review by Jeffrey Meyers which was not what I had expected to hear. His comments about Machlin were not very positive.
There is also a second story in the VQR also by Meyers here if you’re interested.
Grants Extended to Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigía Foundation and Community Organizations Globally to Digitize and Preserve Thousands of Priceless, Irreplaceable Artifacts
BOSTON (EMC World) – May 10, 2010
As part of the longstanding EMC Information Heritage Initiative, EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced a donation to the Finca Vigía Foundation and a series of grants spread across community organizations in China, India, South Africa, Poland, Canada and the United States to protect and improve access to some of the world’s historical and cultural artifacts.
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From CBS News.com – Seventy years since noted American author Ernest Hemingway first moved to Cuba, his home there is now in the process of restoration. See Kelly Cobiella’s report from Havana.