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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Ideas for Winter 2013

"One should always be drunk. That’s the great thing, the only question. Not to feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and bowing you to the earth, you should be drunk without respite. Drunk with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please."
—Lapham's Quarterly ("The only magazine that collects the most engaging voices from history on today’s most pressing topics") quotes Baudelaire in the mission statement for its latest issue, "Intoxication," which focuses among many things on opium, lust, and drunkenness in history in literature, as well as on different intoxicants' origins. The whole thing (90 stories in all) is available with a yearly subscription for $49 or $29 — a pleasant gift? Its last five pages are rumored to be made of pure cocaine — just kidding, although actually who knows. There's also an accompanying piece on alcohol and spontaneous human combustion, and a how-much-to-drink-according-to-famous-people chart, which ends: "The only cure for a real hangover is death."



19 Comments / Post A Comment

Nutmeg

I felt cheated while reading the Spontaneous Human Combustion article on Wikipedia when I realized it was mostly about people who go up in flames after dropping a cigarette on themselves- that's not spontaneous enough for me, that is just someone setting themselves on fire

frigwiggin

@Nutmeg Right?! Real spontaneous combustion is where it's at, although I imagine most of the stories I've heard/read over the years (and there have been many) are largely unverified. But when the shoes are left! Or the guy with the tiny flame that shot out of his leg and burned him badly but left his pants unscathed!

meetapossum

@frigwiggin Spontaneous human combustion is the card that always wins it for me in Cards Against Humanity because it's 1) fascinating and 2) the topic of one of the funniest underrated quotes from Spinal Tap.

fondue with cheddar

@frigwiggin Yes! I was fascinated by those stories as a kid. I read the entire paranormal/occult section of the library.

Lucienne

@meetapossum The sight gag payoff on that joke is, at least on Tuesdays, my favorite sight gag in Spinal Tap.

allendaniel

☺☺☺Awesome@a

lagreen

Ooh! I didn't think I liked James Joyce, but I liked that excerpt linked as the piece on lust. It was beautiful.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

How about drunk on anxiety? Does that work? I think I could rock that.

Bloodrocuted

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll My brother!

Cat named Virtute

Yessss, the annual curtain of existential despair has descended, and I intend to spend the winter alternating between red wine, whiskey, and reading too many books in my bathtub.

aphrabean

Lapham's was one of the best presents I ever received. SO GOOD.

Hamburger Hot Dog

Ah, yes, the Balk issue.

meetapossum

Um, also, not to encourage NOT getting the Lapham Quarterly, they will send you one issue for free and then you can cancel and keep that issue in case you realize that you can't pay for more.

I may or may not have done that with the Magicians issue, which had a great article about W.B. Yeats, my literary boyfriend.

mannequinhands

My favorite drinking quote, from James Thurber: "One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough."

bescasey

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