I had the weirdest dream the other night.
I met Ernest Hemingway at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. In 1925. He kept saying to me: “If you want to hear my story, just call me…”
He told me a strange phone number, and as soon as I woke up, I dialled the unusual collection of digits.
Imagine my surprise when a gruff voice answered on the other side….
Yes, today’s podcast episode is a chat with Ernest Hemingway in 1925. He would have been 25ish years old, and looked like the passport picture of his above, top left (from two years previously).
To catch you up to speed, at the time of our chat, this was just before he’d published his first book, The Sun Also Rises. When he was hanging out in Montparnasse with Pablo Picasso and F Scott Fitzgerald. And not long after he survived the Spanish Flu pandemic. I asked him about it all.
Anyway, I won’t spoil the episode. Listen below. Things are a bit too serious right now for April Fools jokes, but I figured you guys would enjoy a very different episode for a change. Oh yes, and strap in tight, this is a wild ride.
Many thanks to my good friend Samuel Lopez-Barrantes who gave us a voice of reason at the end of the episode, and who gives Hemingway tours around Paris if you’re ever keen to know more. Find him here.
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PS: If I stumbled upon this magical time portal again, who would you like to hear on the other side of the telephone line? Leave a comment below.