The importance of being Ernest


Hey, guys: You've got just 10 more days to grow out your beards, boost your alcohol tolerance, brush up on your boxing (and your knack for writing unadorned but devastating prose) and get down to Key West for the annual Hemingway Look-Alike contest!

Each year, the annual look-alike challenge attracts a field of national and international entrants who dress in Hemingwayesque safari garb, wool fishermen's turtlenecks and other sporting attire in an attempt to emulate the Pulitzer and Nobel winner's "Papa" persona. Applauded by enthusiastic cheering sections, they parade onstage at Sloppy Joe's, 201 Duval St., Hemingway's favorite watering hole when he lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s.

If you think you've got what it takes (Mango, I'm looking at you), sign up here.