The Stick-Figure Antics of Hemingway’s Wartime Pals


What comes to mind when you think of Ernest Hemingway?

Simple declarative sentences, the banal horror of war, endless rounds of booze, and…whimsical schoolboy-style doodles?

Hemingway’s fellow ambulance drivers drew him some cartoons to cheer him up while he was in the hospital, and Slate has posted them in all their goofy glory.

Don’t worry—they involve plenty of short sentences, war, and liquor.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →