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How Much Coffee Did Balzac Really Drink?

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It has long been a favorite factoid of writers that Honoré de Balzac drank fifty cups of coffee a day.

But is it true? The Airship’s Freddie Moore has put an admirable amount of research into investigating the claim, dividing coffee cups from demitasses and unhealthy doses of caffeine from fatal ones:

I found one webpage that estimated 40 cups a days and another said 20 to 40 cups….[I]n the strange, dark world of Yahoo!

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You Are Fated to Sleep

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Sadie Stein makes the worst coffee, or so she says in the Paris Review. Her coffee is always “awful in a different way,” sometimes too bitter, and at other times, too weak.

Stein reflects on her childhood love of Sleeping Beauty: “I was fascinated by the notion that, no matter how far you run, you cannot escape your fate.”

As an adult, Stein seems to be unable to escape her fate of making bad coffee.

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The Brewing Of Lot 49

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How did Los Angeles, that haven of low-culture and strip mall malaise beat us (San Francisco) to the punch with high-brow coffee? (I jest. L.A. is great if you want to buy human bone jewelry, guzzle incredible garlic sauce, and hang out with famous porn stars in a 24 hour Jewish deli.)

How did not one of the six new cafes that opened  last week on Valencia Street contain even a passing reference to Thomas Pynchon and his mythical post-bugle as featured in The Crying Of Lot 49?

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