How was the Geistliche (roughly: ‘intellectual’) civilisation capable of advancing before the general availability and consumption of coffee? With just wine, beer and whisky, maybe. But is it the same? How, for example, can someone do serious mathematics if they are drowsy with alcohol fumes bubbling out of their stomach into their nasal cavity tissue? Alcohol is ok for creative endeavours, but caffeine has proven indispensable for the exact sciences and artistic pursuits. Nicht wahr?
Speaking of the necessity of using (ok, not abusing) substances reminds me of this: go out now and buy Marianne Faithful’s Before the Poison. Now. After this album (and, previously, Bowie’s Reality), Jod has been wondering what new bands are good for. I agree.