Canadian prime minister eats chocolate, must apologize.
The Romans of the Decadence (detail), by Thomas Couture, 1847. Musée d’Orsay.
Volume VI, Number 1 | winter 2012
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macduff asks the Porter, “What three things does drink especially provoke?” The Porter replies, “nose painting, sleep, and urine”—the first of which is usually taken to mean the red flush that comes across a drinker’s face. It also leads to lechery, the Porter says, adding, “it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.”
I mean, why on earth (outside sickness and hangovers) aren’t people continually drunk? I want ecstasy of the mind all the time.—Jack Kerouac, 1957
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