On Ernest Hemingway and the Craft of Writing

From a review in the Wall Street Journal by John J. Miller of the book by Mark Kurlansky titled “The Importance of Not Being Ernest: My Life With the Uninvited Hemingway”:

Ernest Hemingway once wrote that “all stories, if continued far enough, end in death.” Mark Kurlansky reveals the truth of this observation to comic effect. On a visit to the Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana, he fell into the company of tourists from Italy. A guide showed them room 511, which Hemingway used in the 1930s and is today preserved as a miniature museum. “Where is he now?” asked one of the tourists. The guide informed them that he had died. “The Italians,” writes Mr. Kurlansky, “seemed genuinely upset to learn the news.”