Books That Go Good With Coffee
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Here are a couple of my faves to read with good cup of the black stuff.
Donald Barthelme's Sixty Stories, one of my favorite short story collections, seems particularly suited to be enjoyed with coffee. Scattered, cerebral and funny.
Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary is a sharp piece of cynical satire that can be dipped into at any time, and is well suited for when the bastards are beginning to run you down (which is usually when I start to reach for the coffee mug in any case).
Satire seems particularly well suited to drinking coffee while being read. I've enjoyed Mark Twain, Jonathan Swift and S.J. Perelman while under the influence of caffeine, and it seemed to work out pretty well. Oddly, existentialist philosophy was practically born from a coffee mug, and still feels at home being read in a coffeehouse.
Right now my coffee book is Agatha Christie An Autobiography. The three of us spent about 30 minutes this morning before the day got busy.
Currently I'm reading The Stone of Heaven. Fascinating and disturbing history of imperial green jade. Much is appalling, not only the actions of the ancient rulers of China and Burma, but also the devastation wrought by the British in their days of empire. It's a book to be read a little bit at a time.
I've drunk (coffee, port, etc.) my through all twenty books three times now, and perhaps a fourth is in order, now that I think about it.
What I recently discovered was that Shakespeare goes very good with wine. =)
A good cup of Gevalia Stockholm Roast brewed strong, black, no sugar. Can't beat it.
1. Not too engrossing - I don't want to forget about my coffee as I race through the book (holiday-reading when I have time to kill!)
2. Not too heavy-going - If I lose my place/train of thought every time I look away to take a sip it's no good (commute-reading when I have no choice but to read on!)
3. A nicely weighted hardback - It'll stay open on my page so I can keep my coffee in my hand
Best choice is, sort of my default, a non-fiction work about biology...Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World or Apples; or poetry. It helps me stay awake when reading Spenser or *shudder* Milton.
As for coffee, textbooks and academic writings generally come to mind.
Btw, I first became acquainted with these entertaining facts via a book I enjoyed with coffee, and sometimes tea, and even with wine: A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage.