For Whom the Bell Tolls…
Again… And Again…

The summer’s easiest target may be the late Ernest Hemingway. A string of pieces has accused the author of several posthumous misdeeds. Most recently, the NY Times calculated “the effect the world’s best fishing writer might have had on the world’s biggest fish.” (The Times tallied the number of fish that would have lived had Hemingway not caught them around several million). Killing fish from the grave not enough? How about terrorizing cats? An animal behaviorist is being sent to the author’s home in Key West, which is now a museum, to assess the well being of the 47 cats who still roam his property. And even the White House has chastised Papa. Efforts by admirers and congressmen to preserve Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s crumbling home outside Havana, have been batted down by the Bush administration, for fear of violating the embargo and boosting Cuban tourism.