A few of the people I follow on Twitter tweeted this fantastic article from the Smithsonian called The Top 10 Books Lost to Time. It details the most famous books you’ll never read, because they were destroyed or lost.
I only knew about one of these stories. Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, lost a suitcase full of short stories and a partial novel about World War I, on a train. After a drink or two, Hemingway was known to say it sped the plow to his divorce. I can’t blame him. If it were me she would have been packing her bags that day.
Sometimes I fantasize about finding that suitcase. One little Ebay listing and I could spend the rest of my life writing and getting hammered on Mojitos. It makes you wonder if the work would live up to the mystery. Probably not.
In tribute to my original literary idol, I thought I’d share a copy of Hemingway’s Mojito recipe, scrawled on the wall by the author in a drunken haze at the bar La Bodeguita del Medio (the Little Shop in the Middle) down in Cuba:
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
4 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint
Havana Club white Rum (2 ounces)
2 ounces club soda