Thursday, October 18, 2007

Make mine a double

In her book The Partly-Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell wrote:

The more history I learn, the more the world fills up with stories. Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolately caffé mocha when it occured to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cocao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle's Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top. No wonder it costs so much.

Thanks to Janelle for lending me The Partly Cloudy Patriot.

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