The Unbearable Sweetness of Coffee

Strictly speaking, coffee is a bitter beverage. Hence the frequency with which sweetening agents are added to the popular drink. As an object of intensive desire, however, it can rightly be said: Ah! how sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, smoother than muscatel wine. As it is aptly put in J. S. Bach’sContinue reading “The Unbearable Sweetness of Coffee”

The Problem with Politics, and How to Solve It

Plato says that all would be well if only wise men reigned—or if all those who reigned were philosophers. But in the same way that wise men wisely avoid ruling fools, so do fools foolishly refuse to submit to the rule of the wise. And so confusion reigns. William of St. Thierry Beginning from theContinue reading “The Problem with Politics, and How to Solve It”