Friday, March 28, 2014
The History of the World in 6 Glasses
I read this book called the History of the World in 6 Glasses a while back and didn't bother writing about it, but I find myself quoting it almost daily and still thinking about it all the time. That's the sign of a fabulous work of non-fiction.
Imagine you want to get together with some friends and shoot the shit and socialize about the latest sports or gossip about work or maybe even spy members of the opposite sex who are doing the same at the table just a few feet from you. So you get everyone together and you get to your watering hole and order a pitcher of beer. Clink your glasses together to symbolize you're all sharing a human experience and burn a night blowing off steam and just being yourself for once. It's nearly four thousand years ago in Mesopotamia.
That's what this book does for its readers: it connects us to our history and humanity and shows us where we're going. And it reads like Tom Standage is in such awe of his subject manner that he really can't believe no one has ever bothered to write this book before him.
I love, love, love this book. It reaffirms my faith in humanity and what I'm doing as a beverage connoisseur.