Today is also the birthday of surrealist painter Joan Miro. Miro was a good friend of Ernest Hemingway's and was Hemingway's preferred timekeeper in the impromptu boxing matches he sometimes had a the American Club in Paris. On page 99 in A Book of Ages I retell the story of the time in 1929 when Hemingway got his ears boxed by Canadian writer Morley Callaghan. Hemingway blamed F. Scott Fitzgerald who was sitting in for Miro. Miro may have been a reliable timekeeper but he also painted some rather surreal timepieces.
My favorite stories in the book are the ones in which various artists and literary lions cross paths. A Book of Ages is a perfect gift for Joan Miro's birthday or anyone else's.