May 5, 2020

Hemingway look-alike competition cancelled


Looks like Ernest Hemingway. And, if you are me, this also looks like a daiquiri! (Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

In unsurprising but nevertheless noteworthy news, the 40th annual Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest has been cancelled. The competition, which is run by a bar called Sloppy Joe’s, will be rescheduled for next year.

Seeing as the yearly bacchanalia of Papa Hemingway look-alikes features a lot of the worst circumstances in the face of the pandemic (large crowds—check, small space—check, men between the ages of 60 and 80—check, a lot of facial hair—double check), the news is, again, hardly surprising.

There are a couple of silver linings to be had though.

1. If my Zoom calls are any indication, there will be a lot more candidates for the 40th annual competition come 2021. Keep ‘em growing, gentlemen.

2. You are still allowed to READ about Hemingway.

3. Hell, you can also drink daiquiris on your lonesome too. Side note: until quite recently I believed daiquiris looked like tiki drinks, which I’ll admit made This Side of Paradise an interesting read. But don’t despair for the mixological illiteracy of Melville House. One colleague (mustache, no beard) could recite the ingredients off the top of his head:

Another one (full beard) was tentative about his substitution of lemon for lime:

Did I just come up with a replacement for the Hemingway look-alike competition? First Annual Can You Recite the Ingredients of a Daiquiri by Heart Competition?

Ok, where were we? Oh, right—everything is cancelled. Besides drinking and reading! Papa Hemingway, lead the way.



Athena Bryan is an editor at Melville House.