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August 15, 2005

The Personal Is Political

In light of the ongoing onslaught of malt-based novelty beverages, the following seemed somewhat appropriate, taken from an introduction to the life of Max Ernst as told by Max Ernst (as quoted in Hans Richter's Dada: Art and Anti-art, page 156):

Cologne lies at the very edge of a wine-producing region. Beer country lies to the North, wine country to the South. Are we the product of what we drink? If so, it may not be without significance that Max has always preferred wine. When he was two years old, he secretly drank the dregs of several wine-glasses and then, taking his father by the hand, pointed to the trees in the garden and said, "Look, Pa, they're going round". When, in later life, he reflected on the Thirty Years' War, it occurred to him that this was a war between beer-drinkers and wine-drinkers. Perhaps he was right.

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A different angle entirely: It tastes like candy...

"The Personal Is Political"
Posted by Dan at 07:50 PM


Well, if I lived anywhere near here, I'd be drinking the wine, too. Heck, I don't live there and I drink it, though I'm more of a Mosel man.

Posted by: JL on August 16, 2005 at 08:30 AM

I come from like a quarter Alsatian stock myself, so vacillation on the question is probabably in my blood.

It all looks pretty "win-win" to me, though.

Posted by: Dan on August 16, 2005 at 05:30 PM

You mean the world isn't separated into South side/ North side?

Posted by: Cynthia on August 17, 2005 at 10:40 AM

South Side/North Side may come down to the more subtle division between the brews poured at the two ballparks (that is, Miller and MGD vs. Old Style and Bud, respectively).

Still, as much as I'm loathe to admit it, if there's anywhere in Chicago that sees Mike's Hard Cranberry Lemonade imbibed on a regular basis, it might just be Wrigleyville.

Posted by: Dan on August 18, 2005 at 10:57 AM

Referenced in this post:

Amazon: Dada: Art and Anti-Art—Hans Richter
Artcyclopedia: Max Ernst
KITHfan.org: Season Three Sketches—Girl Drink Drunk
Modern Kicks: say it ain't so
Wikipedia: Cologne
Wikipedia: Kölsch (beer)
Wikipedia: Max Ernst
Wikipedia: Riesling
Wikipedia: Thirty Years' War