Okay, could someone please explain to me the draw of Hemingway. I just finished reading a Nick Adams short story called "The Killers" and absolutely nothing happens. I mean two killers walk into a diner, they tie up the cook and Nick in the kitchen, and have the owner turn all the customers away while they're waiting for their target. And nobody fights back. Not one customer who's turned away suspects anything wrong. And when the man they're sent to kill doesn't show up - nothing, they just leave the diner without any violence or threats.
Maybe it's because I just finished reading "Blossom" by Andrew Vachss and started "The Body Lovers" by Mickey Spillane. The pages of both books are full of action, great descriptions and wonderful dialogue. Things that don't exist in "The Killers".
So what is it about Hemingway that I'm missing? Is it wrong to not be impressed by one of great American writers?