March 01, 2004
Do not read this unless you have a "Kassed" iron stomach!
During a recent visit to a brew pub, Glenn Reynolds asked a good question:
I wonder if there were people who feared brewing technology when it was new? "They put in water and stuff, and out comes beer, which alters your consciousness. It's evil magic!"While I don't know his exact position on home-brewing or beer-drinking, Leon Kass definitely hates ice cream cones, and cone-licking!
Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone --a catlike activity that has been made acceptable in informal America but that still offends those who know eating in public is offensive.I think it is fair to say that if eating in public, yawning and "enslavement to the belly" are bad, then beer must be positively Satanic!
I could be wrong, of course....
The Babylonians made sixteen kinds of beer, using everything from white and black barley to wheat and honey. Beer was extolled in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, where the varieties listed include "beer of truth" and "beer of eternity."Beer of eternity? I can't think of a more egregious breach of bioethics than that! (Evil magic indeed!)
UPDATE (3-25-04): I just learned that this post was linked by Farhad Manjoo in a very scholarly analysis at Salon.com. Many thanks to Mr. Manjoo, and a warm welcome to all visitors from Salon.com.
Readers might also enjoy this hysterically funny post by Elizabeth Riba, documenting the little-reported fact that according to Miss Manners, Dr. Kass is wrong about ice cream etiquette!
Once again, welcome Salon readers!
posted by Eric on 03.01.04 at 11:01 AM
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