Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Hemingway’s bar, hotel room

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Hemingway locales in Cuba: La Floridita, one of the several bars that claim he invented the daiquiri in. (Though this one is the most likely.) The room on the fifth floor of the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where he wrote two novels is remarkably small, though the views are great.

…read more

Hemingway’s villa in Cuba – Finca Vigía

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

This is the Cuban villa where Hemingway lived from 1939-1960 and wrote many of his best known novels. It sits high in the town of San Francisco de Paula about half an hour outside Havana, and from the patio you can actually see Havana in the distance, hence the name Finca Vigía or “Lookout Farm.” The villa was discovered by Hemingway’s wife at the time, Martha Gelhorn, who was seeking somewhere spacious for the two of them to live.

…read more

Once Upon A School – Dave Eggers and his Pirate Supply Store/Tutoring Centre

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Most people have probably seen this video, but it’s worth watching again. Dave Eggers won the 2008 TED Prize for his education and literacy work with kids, and in this entertaining acceptance speech he provides a brief history of his project. He’s the founder of the unbelievably successful Once Upon A School program which offers free drop-in tutoring centres for kids.

…read more

“Put down those pens, authors! Put down those brushes, artists! Why not go into the service industry? Or banking?”

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Apologies to non-Canadian readers, but I need to address our national broadcaster. Dear CBC, Canadians need much more Seán Cullen on CBC radio, and much less Stuart McLean. Why do we have to wait until summer to listen to Simply Seán on the radio? Why only in the summer, CBC? What is the logic of giving us the oily, faux-down-home Stuart McLean all year, and the droll, off-offbeat Seán Cullen only in the summer?

…read more

Roald Dahl’s writing shed

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

This writing studio somehow comes as no suprise. James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Dahl’s disturbing adult stories were written in this cramped, somewhat decrepit room. From The New York Times Magazine, 2006. Roald Dahl died in 1990; the house and studio are now a museum.

…read more