binge drinkers unite

3 Mar

Alix Mortimers’ début on LC is a glorious piece – not-to-mention an angry poke to the eye of rightwing prigs and interventionist lefties.

The entire business world today is run on coffee. Two hundred years ago the entire diplomatic and trading world was run on snuff and, not infrequently, laudanum. Five hundred years ago the whole of society was run on – yes! – alcohol again. We’ve always been high on something. The drug du jour is entirely incidental.

I’m pretty sure cocaine deserves a mention, too.

Brilliant stuff. Recommended.

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6 Responses to “binge drinkers unite”

  1. jennie.rigg@googlemail.com March 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Seconding this rec. Alix is fab.

  2. jennie.rigg@googlemail.com March 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Seconding this rec. Alix is fab.

  3. aemortimer@hotmail.com March 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    Ooh, and thank you! *shuffles about a bit, feeling embarrassed now about previous comment*

  4. aemortimer@hotmail.com March 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    Ooh, and thank you! *shuffles about a bit, feeling embarrassed now about previous comment*

  5. mike@mikepower.net March 4, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Yeah, quite amusing. Not really sure where he’s going with it though and this bit in particular puzzled me: Everyone but me seemed to be devoted to the single-minded pursuit of the cheapest available route to drunkenness in the shortest possible time. – – The writer himself was engaged in buying bread – try substituting the word “bread” for the word “drunkenness” in the above sentence and see what you learn about yourself.I tried it and learned, erm, nothing actually!?

  6. mike@mikepower.net March 4, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Yeah, quite amusing. Not really sure where he’s going with it though and this bit in particular puzzled me: Everyone but me seemed to be devoted to the single-minded pursuit of the cheapest available route to drunkenness in the shortest possible time. – – The writer himself was engaged in buying bread – try substituting the word “bread” for the word “drunkenness” in the above sentence and see what you learn about yourself.I tried it and learned, erm, nothing actually!?

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